Spring semester, 2003

Syllabus

**Lecture** Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 12:45-13:40
in SE 227

**Instructor** Brett van de Sande,

- Office: SE 316 (but look first in SE 227)
- E-mail: bvds@pitt.edu,
- Web page:
`http://www.geneva.edu/~bvds`.

**Office hours** By appointment; send me an E-mail if you
can't find me.

**Textbook** *Introduction to Quantum Mechanics*, by
David J. Griffiths

**Grading**

Final exam | 20% |

Homeworks | 80% |

The goal of this course is to teach students how to *do*
quantum mechanics, that is, how to solve real world quantum mechanical
problems. Students will start by learning the basic theoretical
principles, then progress to interesting physical applications of
these principles. Topics include:

- Introduction by way of several
*Gedanken*experiments. - The wave-function
- Schrödinger's equation
- Operators, states, and "bras" and "kets"
- Three dimensions and angular momentum and spin
- Hopefully, an introduction to Identical particles

Students will be responsible for the material presented in the lecture
along with reading assignments from the textbook. Physics is learned
by practice, *id est* by doing lots of homework problems.
I encourage students to work together on the homework problems. It
is often helpful to discuss with others how a problem should be solved.
However, when you write down the solution to be handed in, it should
be in your own words. Don't hand in something that you have copied
or that you do not understand.

The main purpose of the final exam in this course is to see whether
you took good class notes and that you understand them.
You may use your class notes and *your* homework solutions
while taking the exam.

For both homeworks and exam, solutions should include intermediate steps. If you just write down the answer, even if it is correct, you will not get full credit. Also, don't fall into the trap of just writing down equations; you should always include sentences, as needed, describing what you are doing.

- Colorado, Physics 3220, Fall 1997
- Berkeley, Physics137A
- Physics 116 - Quantum Mechanics
- Colorado, Physics 3220 -- Quantum Mechanics -- Instructor: C. Greene
- U Conn., Chemistry 351 Advanced Physical Chemistry/Quantum Chemistry Computer Guided Reading/Testing
- Uni. Heidelberg, with H.-J. Pirner, Quantum Mechanics
- U. Washington, Quantum Mechanics [UWA Physics]
- Manchester, England, Quantum Mechanics I
- U. Richmond, Quantum Mechanics I-II (Physics 401-402)
- Quantum Mechanics Examples
- Duke, Physics 211: Quantum Mechanics I
- Syracuse, PHY567 - Spring 2000 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

- Mark's Quantum Mechanics Applets
- Coherent States of a 1D Harmonic Quantum Oscillator
- Atomic orbitals: Atomic Quantum Mechanics: Visualizing the Wave Function
- From France, Java Applets for quantum mechanics
- From Israel, a discussion of presenting quantum mechanical ideas in a more visual fashion, Visualizing Quantum Mechanics
- From Syracuse, quantum mechanics course, Java apps