PHY 6645 QUANTUM MECHANICS I - Fall 2019

INSTRUCTOR

Pierre Sikivie
Office: NPB 2063
email: sikivie@phys.ufl.edu
tel: 352.392.1923

CLASS TIMES

MWF, 10:40am - 11:30pm, in NPB 1101

OFFICE HOURS, NPB 2063

MWF, 11:45am - 12:35pm, in NPB 2063

GRADER

Kazi Alam
Office: NPB 2157
email: kazi.a.alam@ufl.edu
tel: 352.392.0139
Office hours: Wednesdays 9:35 - 10:25am

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK

"Principles of Quantum Mechanics" by R. Shankar, 2d edition, Springer 1994. We will cover chapters 3 - 13.

There are many other useful textbooks on quantum mechanics. You are encouraged to explore alternatives. Here are four that are commonly used in graduate level courses:
  • L. Landau and E. Lifchitz, `Quantum Mechanics', Pergamon Press.
  • L.I. Schiff, `Quantum Mechanics', 3d Edition, McGraw-Hill 1968.
  • E. Merzbacher, `Quantum Mechanics', 2d Edition, Wiley 1970.
  • J.J. Sakurai and J. Napolitano, `Modern Quantum Mechanics', 2d Edition, Cambridge University Press 2017.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Experimental foundations
  • Postulates
  • The Schr\"odinger equation
  • The classical limit
  • The harmonic oscillator
  • The path integral formulation
  • Uncertainty relations
  • Identical particles
  • Symmetries and conservation laws
  • The rotation group and angular momentum
  • The hydrogen atom

A course schedule can be found here .

HOMEWORK

There will be one problem set per week, due on Wednesdays.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The midterm exam is during class on Monday October 14. You may bring a formula sheet.

GRADING

Your final grade will be based on:
the homework 25%
a mid-term test (Oct. 14)   25%
the final exam (Dec. 11) 50%
 
The current UF policies for assigning grade points may be found at https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/grades.aspx.

CLASS ATTENDANCE

Requirements for class attendance, make-up exams, and other work in this course are consistent with university policies that can be found at https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/attendance.aspx.

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Students with disabilities requesting accommodations should first register with the Disability Resource Center (352-392-8565, https://www.dso.ufl.edu/drc) by providing appropriate documentation. Once registered, students will receive an accommodations letter which must be presented to the instructor when requesting accommodation. Students with disabilities should follow this procedure as early as possible in the semester.

COURSE EVALUATIONS

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