PHYSICS 471 - Quantum Mechanics I

Fall 2009

Prof. Norman Birge


Office:  4224 BPS, 884-5653

Reading, Homework, and Exam Schedule

Summary of 1st part of course

Summary of 2nd part of course

Solutions to In-class (i-clicker) discussion questions

Solutions to 2nd set of In-class (i-clicker) discussion questions

Solutions to 3rd set of In-class (i-clicker) discussion questions

Math Review (courtesy of Prof. Repko)

Course Information

Prerequisites: Calc IV (Math 235 or 255H) and Linear Algebra (Math 309 or 314) are strongly recommended.  LB/PHY 415 is also very helpful.

Office Hours:

Tuesday 11:00 – 12:00 and Thursday 2:00 - 3:30pm, or by appointment. 


MWF, 1:50-2:40pm, Room 1420 Biomedical and Physical Sciences (BPS)

Required Text:

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, David J. Griffiths, 2nd edition


There will be 12 assignments due mostly on Fridays at the beginning of class.  (Due dates will switch to Wednesdays after the second midterm exam.)  The lowest homework score will be dropped when calculating your final grade.  You are welcome to consult with your peers when doing your homework, but you are responsible for completing the problems yourself.  Copying somebody else's homework is not acceptable.


Jun Hong; e-mail: hongjun9 “at”

(office hours by appointment)


There will be 2 midterm exams and a final.  The dates for the midterm exams are October 12 and November 16.  The final exam is Wednesday, December 16 at 12:45pm.  All exams are closed book.  The final exam will be cumulative.


Homework      30%      Max. grade cut-offs:  >90%  4.0      >70%  2.0

Midterm #1     20%                                       >85%  3.5      >65%  1.5

Midterm #2     20%                                       >80%  3.0      >60%  1.0

Final Exam      30%                                       >75%  2.5      <60%  0.0

These cut-offs may be lowered, but they won't be raised.

Course Outline:

We will cover most of chapters 1-4 of Griffiths.  Learning quantum mechanics involves learning some radical new concepts as well as new mathematical tools.  It will be hard work for you, but I hope you have fun while you’re doing it. 

  last updated 8/31/09