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