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Syllabus - PHYSICS 460 Fall 2011 Quantum Mechanics I...

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PHYSICS 460 - Fall 2011 Quantum Mechanics I Lecturer: Prof. Norbert Neumeister Office: Room 374 Physics Building Phone: 49-45198 E-mail: [email protected] Office hours: Tuesday 2:00 – 3:00 PM (or by appointment) Class: Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday 10:30 – 11:45 AM, Room 331 Physics Textbook: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics , D.J. Griffiths, 2 nd edition Course http://www.physics.purdue.edu/phys460 Website : Grader: Jun Cheng Office: Room 285, Physics Building Phone: 765 464 9735 E-mail: [email protected] Office hours: Monday 3:30 4:30 pm, Wednesday: 11:00 – 12:00 am, Thursday: 9:00 – 10:00 am COURSE OVERVIEW: This is the first part of a rigorous two semester introduction to Quantum Mechanics. The goals of this course are to teach you the basic concepts of Quantum Mechanics and to make you adept in solving relevant problems. The course covers an introduction to the definition and interpretation of the wavefunction, the solution of the time-independent Schrödinger Equation for several systems, eigenvalue problems, abstract formulation of Quantum Mechanics, the hydrogen atom, spin, two-particle systems, perturbation theory and the WKB approximation. LECTURES: The lecture will be used to introduce new concepts and to provide examples that help you understand how quantum mechanics works. Read the assigned text in advance of the lecture and then again afterwards for optimal comprehension. Your active participation during lectures with questions and comments is strongly encouraged. Please do not hesitate to, or be shy about, asking questions. We will follow the textbook quite closely, and you are strongly encouraged to get a copy. If you use the 1 st edition instead, be aware that the numbering of problems has changed. We will not spend very much time (but more than Griffiths) on the experimental issues that led to the development of quantum mechanics.
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ASSIGNMENTS: Specific reading assignments will be given supplementing the lecture material covered in class.
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