Physics 421  Quantum mechanics  Fall 2020
Instructor 
Renate Wackerbauer, 

Open Office hours  Due
to Covid19 there are no walkin office hours unless the situation
improves; meeting via zoom works; email is effective for
straightforward questions. additional recitation classes can be
scheduled on request. 

Course Info  Phys421, 4 credits  
Prerequisites  Phys213, 220, 301, 341; or permission of instructor.  
Lectures  MWF 10:30 to 11:30 am, M 3:304:30, REIC 207. Lectures will be/start f2f; they will be recorded, uploaded to "google classroom", and shared with all students in class. Due to the fluid situation with covid, the course modality can change throughout the semester. In the case of online course delivery, lectures would be offered synchronously (tablet with whiteboard), recorded, and uploaded into google classroom. 

Noyes Lab  Access to the Noyes Computer Lab (REIC 101) is provided to all students enrolled in a Physics course. Your polar express card lets you in.  
Text  Required text: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, by D.J. Griffiths and D. F. Schroeter, Cambridge University Press (3rd edition, 2018) Supplementary readings: Quantum Physics, by R. Eisberg and R. Resnick, Wiley (1985) This book represents a detailed introduction into modern quantum physics, tells also about the history and experiments in QM. Lectures on Quantum mechanics, by G. Baym, Benjamin/Cumings (1973) for further reading, usually at graduate level Quantum Mechanics, by F. Schwabl, Springer (2001) clearly written introduction; good basis for the author's book on advanced quantum mechanics. The infinite well and Dirac delta function potentials as pedagogical, mathematical and physical models in QM, M. Belloni and RW. Robinett, Physics Reports, 2014  for further reading with interesting applications There are many books on introductory quantum mechanics in the library that almost all cover the material presented in the lectures. Please explore them to see different approaches to our topics. 

Course Content
Tentative course calendar 
Schroedinger's equation, Born interpretation, operator formalism, measurement and projection, stationary states, onedimensional systems, hydrogen atom, states of definite angular momentum, perturbation theory  
Course Goals  This
course provides an introduction into quantum mechanics, the physics of
the microscopic particles like electrons, protons, atoms, etc. The Schroedinger equation  the quantum mechanical equation of motion is studied in very detail for different physical systems. Where does Heisenberg's uncertainty relation really come from, is there just one or are there many? 

Student Learning Outcomes  Students learn, how particle behavior in the microscopic world differs from the macroscopic world how to describe and solve problems in theoretical quantum mechanics some limitations of classical analogons in quantum mechanics how measurement processes are different in quantum mechanics and classical physics 

Homework
homework 
Homework
(10 assignments, each counting 100pts) will be assigned weekly via "google classroom" and will
be due by 2:00 pm on the following Friday, unless explicitely altered
at the time of assignment. Late homework will not be accepted. Finished
homework should be uploaded to "google classroom". You can earn 100 bonus points in the homework by giving a 10min presentation to class on a topic related to class, for example the life of a quantum physicist, an application of quantum mechanics, experiments on quantum mechanics, etc. in case of issues with the homework link use: ffden2.phys.uaf.edu/wacker/CLASS/421.html 

Examinations  Two
onehour interm examinations and a two hour final examination will be
held during the semester. Interm exams will be held in the classroom.
Upon request, an additional review class may be scheduled before each
exam. The exams will be closed books and closed notes. No calculators,
computers, or communication devices are allowed.


Grading  The
maximum score for each homework will be 100 points. Illegible work will not be graded. To pass the
course with a grade higher than "F", you need 40% of the total
credits. Grades A to D are assigned equal weight for total credits
between 40% and 100%. So, A+ (>97.5), A(>87.5), A(>85),
B+(>82.5), B(>72.5), B(>70), C+(>67.5), C(>57.5),
C(>55), D+(>52.5), D(>42.5), D(>40). If this class is in
your major you need at least a grade C for passing the course and fulfilling
prerequisites. For the final grade, homework, exams, etc. will be
weighted as follows:


Course policies  Attendance at lectures is expected. Active class participation, questions are extremely welcome in the lectures. A missed exam will receive 0 credit unless the instructor is notified by email, phone, etc before the exam starts. Makeup exams will be individually scheduled with the student.  
Student Obligations  As
students of UAF, you are bound by the policies and regulations of the
University of Alaska, UAF rules and procedures, and the Student Honor
Code. You are obligated to make yourselves familiar with all conditions
presented in the UAF Catalog. Plagiarism on homework or on an exam will result in a failing grade. Students should keep uptodate on the university's policies, practices, and mandates related to COVID19 by regularly checking this website: Further, students are expected to adhere to the university’s policies, practices, and mandates and are subject to disciplinary actions if they do not comply. 

Student protection and services statement 
Every qualified student is welcome in my
classroom. As needed, I am happy to work with you, disability services,
veterans' services, rural student services, etc. to find reasonable
accommodations. Students at this university are protected against
sexual harassment and discrimination (Title IX), and minors have
additional protections. As required, if I notice or am informed of
certain types of misconduct, then I am required to report it to the
appropriate authorities. For more information on your rights as a
student and the resources available to you to resolve problems, please
go the following site: www.uaf.edu/handbook/. UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: https://alaska.edu/nondiscrimination/. Your instructor follows the University of Alaska Fairbanks Incomplete Grade Policy: “The letter “I” (Incomplete) is a temporary grade used to indicate that the student has satisfactorily completed (C or better) the majority of work in a course but for personal reasons beyond the student’s control, such as sickness, has not been able to complete the course during the regular semester. Negligence or indifference are not acceptable reasons for an “I” grade.” Effective communication: Students who have difficulties with oral presentations and/or writing are strongly encouraged to get help from the UAF Department of Communication's Speaking Center (9074745470, speak@uaf.edu) and the UAF English Department's Writing Center (9074745314, Gruening 8th floor), and/or CTC's Learning Center (604 Barnette Street, 907455 2860). 