Physics 401/402 (Quantum Mechanics) provides an introduction to
quantum mechanics intended for undergraduate students in physics
or engineering. Part II (PY402) covers perturbation theory (time
independent and time dependent), applications to atomic
physics, scattering theory, and a brief introduction to
relativistic quantum mechanics.
Lecture:
TTh 10:15-11:30, RID 315
Instructor: T. Schaefer, Office RID
email: Thomas_Schaefer[at]ncsu.edu
Office hours: Th 2:00-4:00 and by appointment.
Homework:
Most thursdays a set of homework problems
will be assigned. (You can also check the website.) The homework
is due thursday the following week.
Exams
There will be two midterm exams, some quizzes, and a final.
Grade
Your final grade will be determined by weighting the various
portions of the course as follows:
Midterms: 30%, Quizzes: 10%, Final: 30%, Homework: 30%
Textbook
Quantum Mechanics by Phillip J. E. Peebles, Princeton Univeristy Press.
Supplemental Material:
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, by David Griffiths, Benjamin Cummings.
A popular undergraduate text book. Not as well written as Peebles,
but structure closer to typical introductory physics books.
Modern Quantum Mechanics, by J. J. Sakurai, Addison Wesley.
Not a good text book, but very useful supplement for both undergraduate
and graduate students.
Principles of Quantum Mechanics, by R. Shankar, Springer.
A little more challenging, and frequently used as a graduate textbook.
Very well written and good for self study.
Rules: Homework is due in class. No late homework accepted. No
excuses other than serious illness, death in family, ... Lowest
homework score will be dropped.
Midterm Exam 2: Th 3-27, 10:15-11:30 (all of chapter 5, time dependent and time independent perturbation theory)
[exam],
[solutions]
Final: Th 5-1, 8:00-11:00 (chapter 5 and 6, in particular time
independent and time dependent perturbation theory, spin and angular
momentum, n-particle problems for bosons and fermions, variational methods,
but NO scattering theory or relativistic quantum mechanics.)