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, 2P08 and 3P06.
Requirements:
It is important that the students feel comfortable with linear algebra, complex numbers, calculus, and differential equations. Elementary classical mechanics is essential.
Textbook:
There is no required textbook for the course. Some suggested reading:
R. L. Liboff, Introductory Quantum Mechanics, 4th edition (Pearson)
D. J. Griffiths, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 2nd edition (Pearson)
R. Scherrer, Quantum Mechanics: An Accessible Introduction (Pearson)
A. Goswami, Quantum Mechanics, 2nd edition (WCB)
Topics covered in the course:
 basic principles of quantum mechanics
 quantum mechanics in one dimension
 formalism of quantum mechanics
 quantum mechanics in two and three dimensions
 spin
Tutorials:
Tutorial time slots will be used as problem sessions, as needed.
Marking scheme:
 4 assignments: 40% (10% each); assignments must be uploaded by 5pm (EST) on the due date to the course Brightspace page (submission instructions can be found here); late assignments will not be accepted
 midterm test: 20% (mode of delivery TBA)
 final exam: 40%; a student must achieve 50% on the final exam to pass the course; the final exam will be a closed book exam, with only a calculator and one selfprepared formula sheet (letter size, twosided) allowed.
