PHY 491, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Spring semester, 2003

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

Instructor Brett van de Sande,

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

Textbook Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, by David J. Griffiths

Final exam 20%
Homeworks 80%
No homeworks will be accepted after the last day of classes.

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:

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.

Links to quantum mechanics courses

Java applets of wavefunctions