PHY 6646 QUANTUM MECHANICS II - Spring 2018

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

Jonathan Thompson
Office: NPB 2062
email: thompson.jon@ufl.edu
Office hours: Tu, 9:35 - 10:25am

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK

"Principles of Quantum Mechanics" by R. Shankar, 2d edition, Springer 1994. We will cover chapters 17 - 21.

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 `Modern Quantum Mechanics', Addison-Wesley 1985.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Time-independent perturbation theory
  • Time-dependent perturbation theory
  • Scattering theory
  • Time reversal symmetry
  • Motion in a periodic potential
  • The parametric resonator
  • The Dirac equation
  • Path integral formulation of quantum mechanics
  • Motion in a constant magnetic field


HOMEWORK

There will be one problem set per week, due on Wednesdays.
  • due January 17: 17.2.1, 17.2.2, 17.2.3, 17.2.4 solutions
  • due January 24: 17.2.5, 17.2.7, 17.3.1, 17.3.4


GRADING

Your final grade will be based on:
the homework 25%
a mid-term test (Feb. 19)   25%
the final exam (May 1) 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

Students are expected to provide feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing online evaluations at https://evaluations.ufl.edu. Evaluations are typically open during the last two or three weeks of the semester, but students will be given specific times when they are open. Summary results of these assessments are available to students at https://evaluations.ufl.edu/results.