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Unformatted text preview: Physics 580 Handout 1 24 August 2010 Quantum Mechanics I webusers.physics.illinois.edu/ ∼ goldbart/ Introductory Notes Prof. P. M. Goldbart 3135 (& 2115) ESB University of Illinois Quantum Mechanics I is the first of a sequence of two graduate-level courses designed to teach you both the principles and some applications of quantum mechanics. The subject is very well developed and there is a lot of material to cover. Therefore I shall have to assume that you have had some exposure to quantum ideas, perhaps through a course or two at the undergraduate level. In particular, I shall assume that you have had some experience with wave mechanics, and with solving the Schr¨ odinger equation for systems such as the hydrogen atom and the harmonic oscillator. If you do not have such a background it is possible that you will find the course rather challenging. Please come and talk to me if you’re in this category, especially if you feel you need to take this course now. It’s my firm belief that the circle of ideas developed in Quantum Mechanics I and II are amongst the highest of the high-water marks in human thought. My first encounter with this material was truly exhilarating. I hope you find yourself feeling the same way about quantum theory. For some of you this will be your first year in graduate school and (especially if you are teaching for the first time) you may initially find the experience quite bewildering. Indeed, the fact that you will get used to it may be difficult for you to believe. Nevertheless, let me stress at the outset that if at any time you find yourself having serious difficulties, please don’t hesitate to come and see me or call me, either during office hours or at any other time. You can also reach me by e-mail at [email protected] . There is a course web site, reachable from webusers.physics.illinois.edu/ ∼ goldbart/ . From it you can obtain my lecture notes, homework handouts, etc . You can also reach a useful page, Course News , on which I shall post various notices pertaining to the course ( e.g. , times and locations of office hours and make-up lectures, any typographical errors in homeworks). It’s worth getting into the habit of checking this page from time to time.homeworks)....
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This note was uploaded on 01/22/2012 for the course PHYSICS 850 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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