PHY471 Quantum Physics I - Fall 1999

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 
1:50 PM - 2:40 PM in 275 Giltner Hall

 Instructor:  Thomas Glasmacher
Phone: 333-6418 or 5-9672x418
Office hours:  Wednesday 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
in W106 Cyclotron and by appointment

Class goal Topics covered include: Wave mechanics; operators; Schrödinger equation in one dimension; stationary states; evolution of states in time; energy, position and momentum representations
Prerequisites PHY 215 or PHY 215B
MTH 235 or MTH 255H
PHY 321
Textbook  Hans C. Ohanian, Principles of Quantum Mechanics, Prentice Hall: Englewood Cliffs, 1990
Resources needed

- Calculator
- Integral table
- Proficiency in using computer programs to plot functions


There will be twelve homework assignments.  You are encouraged to discuss the homework problems and solution strategies with your peers, but you need to work out your own solutions.  You will be given credit for what is on your paper, done in a logical, orderly way.  In addition, you are expected to be able to explain the solutions you turn in and will not receive credit for solutions you cannot explain.  All assignments will be graded.  The lowest two homework assignment scores will be dropped in calculating the final course grade.  On the due date assignments are due at 1:50 PM before class begins directly to me:

Set 1 2 3 (html)
3 (pdf)
4 (html)
4 (pdf)
5 6 (html)
6 (pdf)
7 8 9 10 11 12
Due 9/8 9/13 9/20 9/27 10/13 10/18 10/25 11/1 11/15 11/22 12/1 12/8

First midterm exam: Monday, October 04, 1:50 PM – 2:40 PM
Second midterm exam: Monday, November 08, 1:50 PM – 2:40 PM

Final exam: Friday, December 17, 12:45 PM – 2:45 PM
In each midterm exam you can choose to work any three out of four possible problems and in the final exam you can choose any five out of six possible problems.

Presentations Each student will give one five-minute in-class presentation and prepare a one-page summary sheet.  In the third week of classes I will model the presentation and specify the format of the summary sheet.  Summary sheets are due two days prior to your presentation.
Grading Your final grade will be based on your homework scores (25%), two midterm exam scores (20% each), the final exam score (30%), and the five-minute presentation and summary sheet (5%).

Updated August 28, 1999