Tentative weekly course calendar for Phys421 (4 lectures per week)

Week |
Date |
Topics covered |

1 |
aug 28-sep 1 |
Introduction, "old" quantum mechanics |

2 |
sept 4-8 |
Assumptions in QM, time dependent and time independent Schroedinger equation No HW due this week! Sept 8: Last day to drop |

3 |
sept 11-15 | QM potential: box, harmonic oscillator, free particle HW#1 due wednesday |

4 |
sept 18-22 | QM potential: delta potential: binding and scattering, square-well potential HW#2 due wednesday |

5 |
sept 25-29 |
Axoms of QM: Hermitian operator, Hilbert space, discrete
and continuous eigen spectrum, Ehrenfest theorem, symmetries and
conservation laws HW#3 due wednesday |

6 |
oct 2-6 |
uncertainty principles, QM in 3 dimensions: angular and radial wave equation HW#4 due wednesday |

7 |
oct 9-13 |
infinite well problem, H-atom and 1/r potential, angular momentum no HW due this week EXAM1: Monday, Oct 9 |

8 |
oct 16-20 |
spin, spin measurement, electron in magnetic field HW#5 due wednesday |

9 |
oct 23-27 |
addition of angular momentum, time-independent (non-degenerate, degenerate) perturbation theory + examples HW#6 due wednesday |

10 |
oct 30-nov 3 |
H-atom: relativistic corrections (T, SO), presence of magnetic field HW#7 due wednesday Nov 3: Last day to withdraw |

11 |
nov 6-10 |
Identical particles, exchange forces, Pauli principle, atoms + periodic table HW#8 due wednesday |

12 |
nov 13-17 |
Variational principle, examples, He-ground state No HW due this week EXAM2: Monday, Nov 13 |

13 |
nov 20-24 |
Quantum statistics, bosons, fermions, distinguishable particles, Bose-Einstein condensation HW#9 due wednesday Finally!!!!!!! Thanksgiving break: Nov 23/24 |

14 |
nov 27-dec 1 |
time-dependent perturbation theory and examples HW#10 due wednesday |

15 |
dec 4-8 |
Einstein's equations, Laser, transition rules no HW due this week Last day of instruction (Dec 8) |

16 |
dec 11-15 |
FINAL: Wednesday Dec 13, 10:15-12:15 am |