in the Eberly College of Science

To the best of our knowledge, this course is not offered in Fall 2017. | |

Credits: | 4 |

Prerequisite(s): | MATH 250 or MATH 251 ; PHYS 237 |

This is the generic persistent syllabus information- there may be slight variations in actual course coverage from semester to semester.

Basic postulates of quantum mechanics, wave packets and uncertainty relations; the Schrödinger equation, structure of wave mechanics and operator methods; multi-particle systems and the Pauli Principle, angular momentum and spin; perturbation theory.

- Historical Origins
- Chronological Review of Cavity Radiation
- Bohr Theory
- Wilson-Sommerfeld Phase Integral Method and Associated Ideas

- Basic Concepts
- Uncertainty Principle
- States of Quantum Systems
- Wave Properties of Matter
- Correspondence Principle

- Wave Mechanics
- Operators
- Schrödinger Equation
- Statistical Interpretation
- Orthogonality of Wave Functions
- Motion of Free Particles
- Bound States and Scattering in One-Dimensional Systems
- Parity
- State Vectors and their Representations
- Expansion Theorem
- Commuting Operators
- Creation and Annihilation Operators

- Applications
- Simple Harmonic Oscillator
- Central Potentials
- Hydrogen Atom

- Multi-Particle Systems and the Pauli Principle
- Angular Momentum in Quantum Mechanics
- Approximation Methods, Perturbation Theory, Numerical Solution of the Schrödinger Equation

Recent Texts:

*Quantum Physics*by Gasiorowicz*Introductory Quantum Mechanics*by Liboff*Quantum Physics*by Eisberg and Resnick

Reference:

*Principles of Quantum Mechanics*by H.C. Ohanian

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In order to receive consideration for course accommodations, you must contact ODS and provide documentation (see the documentation guidelines). If the documentation supports the need for academic adjustments, ODS will provide a letter identifying appropriate academic adjustments. Please share this letter and discuss the adjustments with your instructor as early in the course as possible. You must contact ODS and request academic adjustment letters at the beginning of each semester.

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