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 one-dimensional barrier problems and the harmonic oscillator,
hydrogen atom, angular momentum theory, introduction to perturbation theory and variational methods.
Prerequisites: PHYS 2P50; MATH 2F05, or MATH 2P03 and 2P08.
It is important that the students feel comfortable with the linear algebra, complex numbers, calculus, and similar mathematical topics.
Elementary classical mechanics is essential.
There is no required textbook for the course. Suggested reading:
R. L. Liboff, Introductory Quantum Mechanics , 4th edition (Addison-Wesley), ISBN 978-0805387148;
D. J. Griffiths, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics , 2nd edition (Addison-Wesley), ISBN 978-0131118928;
R. Scherrer, Quantum Mechanics: An Accessible Introduction (Addison-Wesley), ISBN 0-8053-8716-1.
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
Check it out: Quantum Physics YouTube
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 self-prepared formula sheet (letter size, two-sided) allowed.
Academic integrity policy