Course Outline
What this course is about:
Concepts and ideas of Quantum Mechanics, first introduced in Y1 general physics courses, and elaborated upon in the Y2 Modern Physics course (PHYS 2P50), are put onto a firm mathematical footing.
This is an essential course for Physics and combined majors.
Brock calendar entry:
Wave particle dualism, Schrodinger equation, solution of simple onedimensional barrier problems and the harmonic oscillator,
hydrogen atom, angular momentum theory, introduction to perturbation theory and variational methods.
Prerequisites: PHYS 2P50, MATH 2P03, MATH 2P08, and MATH 3P06.
Requirements:
It is important that the students feel comfortable with the linear algebra, complex numbers, calculus, and similar mathematical topics.
Elementary classical mechanics is essential.
Textbook:
There is no required textbook for the course. Suggested reading:
R. L. Liboff, Introductory Quantum Mechanics , 4th edition (AddisonWesley), ISBN 9780805387148;
D. J. Griffiths, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics , 2nd edition (AddisonWesley), ISBN 9780131118928;
R. Scherrer, Quantum Mechanics: An Accessible Introduction (AddisonWesley), ISBN 0805387161.
Topics covered in the course:
1. Basic principles of Quantum Mechanics
2. Quantum Mechanics in one dimension
3. Formalism of Quantum Mechanics
4. Quantum Mechanics in two and three dimensions
5. Spin
Check it out: Quantum Physics YouTube
Marking scheme:
4 assignments: 36% (9% each); assignments must be submitted by 5pm on the due date ;
penalty for late assignments: 25% per day, including weekends and holidays
midterm test: 14%
final exam: 50%; a student must achieve 50% on the final exam to pass the course
both the midterm test and the final exam will be closed book exams, with only a calculator and one selfprepared formula sheet (letter size, twosided) allowed.
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