Professor Curtright
325 JLK. Office hours 4-5 pm MWF, or else by
appointment. |
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Quantum Theory I |
PHY670 | Section G |
MWF 2:30-3:20 | 203 JLK | Prerequisites: PHY540, PHY561, PHY651, or
equivalent. |
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Transformation theory, linear operators and vector spaces, Schrödinger's equation, rotation group and angular momentum, path integrals, deformation quantization, quasi-hermitian systems, statistics, etc. Applications to various physical systems, as time permits. | ||||||||

Grade = Class participation
+ HW + Midterm + Final --- all weighted equally. |

Required text: R Shankar, Principles of Quantum Mechanics (2nd Edition)

(also see R Shankar's homepage and list of errata for his book)

Of course, you should also avail yourselves of the useful, free information on the MathWorld and Functions websites, as well as that available on wikipedia.

Other source material will be announced in class, and listed below in the Assignments.

Home work problems assigned in class (to be graded) are listed here. Problems 21-27 are due Friday, 15 November.

Assignment
#1:
Read
Shankar, Chapter 1. Try to do all the exercises! |

Assignment
#2:
The story of QM in phase space is described here.
You should read this at your leisure. |

Assignment
#3:
Read
Shankar, Chapter 4. Again, you should attempt all
the exercises. |

Assignment #4: Read Shankar, Chapter 7. |

Assignment #5: Read Shankar, Chapter
13. |

Assignment #6: Read Shankar, Chapters 12 and 15. |

Assignment #7: Read Shankar, Chapter 8 and pp 581-587 & Section 2 in Chapter 21. |

Assignment #8: Read Shankar, Chapter
17. |

Assignment #9: Read Shankar, Chapter 16. |

Assignment #10: For profit: Get
the old
QM qualifier exams and solve them! |

Assignment #11: For fun: Read
this synopsis and look at the cited articles. |

Useful software: Unfortunately, these programs are not free, except on a trial basis.

(1) Maple

(2) Mathematica

(3) Scientific WorkPlace