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Ann E Nelson
PHYS 517
Seattle Campus

Quantum Mechanics

First of a three-part sequence. Modern non-relativistic quantum mechanics developed, beginning with its basic principles. Dirac and abstract operator notation introduced, starting with simple examples. Offered: A.

Class description

wave particle duality, wave packets, Heisenberg uncertainty relation, probability distributions, linear algebra, vector space, operators, commutation rules, diagonalization of operators, Dirac notation, hermitian operators and observables, orthogonality and completeness, complete sets of compatible observables, Schrodinger and Heisenberg pictures, solution of harmonic oscillator via raising and lowering operators, Schrodinger equation, stationary solutions, bound states, eigenvalue problems, discrete and continuous energy spectra, tunnelling, reflection and transmission in 1D , 1D harmonic oscillator, Feynman's formulation of Quantum Mechanics, propagators, transition amplitudes, Ehrenfest's theorem, WKB method, stationary phase approximation to path integral, coherent states

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

lectures and problem sets

Recommended preparation

undergraduate course in quantum mechanics at level of Griffiths textbook, linear algebra, complex analysis

Class assignments and grading

weekly problem sets

Problem sets 35% , Midterm 25%, Final 40%. Grading will not be on a curve. Absolute point scheme will be determined at end of exams.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Ann E Nelson
Date: 05/19/2006