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- 11-Jan-2016 ---
*First class this Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, 11:30am in Scott Lab, Rm. N050.*

- Instructor and TA contact information
- Topics
- Textbook and additional reading references
- Reading assignments
- Lecture notes
- Homework assignments and solutions
- Exam schedule and grading
- Interesting reading and famous essays

**Office: **M2046 Physics Research Building (PRB) (phone: 688-5363)

**Office Hours: ** I have an open door policy (drop in any time with
your questions, the worst that can happen is that I ask you to return
later).

**Course Meets** in
Scott Lab,
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00-12:25 in Room N050 and additionally
Tuesday 5:20-6:15pm in
Smith Lab,
Room 1048.

**Grader:** Bowen Shi
(office: PRB M2039; office hours: Mondays 4:30-5:30pm,
Thursdays 1:30-2:30pm;
phone: 688-3298;
email: shi.576@osu.edu)

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- Symmetries and conservation laws in quantum mechanics
- Rotational invariance and angular momentum
- The hydrogen atom
- Addition of angular momentum; spin
- Variational and semiclassical methods
- Stationary and time-dependent perturbation theory
- Scattering theory
- Path integrals
- (Time permitting) The Hartree-Fock method

- 1. R. Shankar - Principles of Quantum Mechanics, 2nd Edition (Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, ISBN 0-306-44790-8, list price $115 (Amazon ~$75)): good discussion of the mathematical pre-requisites on Hilbert spaces. Has many more worked examples and problems than Weinberg.
- 2. S. Weinberg - Lectures on Quantum Mechanics, 2nd Edition (Cambridge University Press, 2015, ISBN 978-1107111660). List price $50.00

- E. Merzbacher, Quantum Mechanics (Wiley): advanced text, very thorough (was used as text for this course in 2002)
- J. J. Sakurai and J. Napolitano, Modern Quantum Mechanics, 2nd Edition, (Addison Wesley), ISBN: 978-0-8053-8291-4: another popular graduate text
- D. Griffith, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Pearson/Prentice Hall): upper division undergraduate text
- R. Bluemel, Advanced Quantum Mechanics -- The claassical-quantum connection (Jones and Bartlett): advanced
- L. Schiff, Quantum Mechanics (McGraw-Hill): a classic
- A. Messiah, Quantum Mechanics I,II (Wiley): another classic (very comprehensive)
- C. Cohen-Tannoudji et al., Quantum Mechanics I, II (Wiley): also very comprehensive but more modern than Messiah
- M. Belluni, W. Christian, A.J. Cox, Physlet Quantum Mechanics (Pearson/Prentice Hall): an interactive text with numerical simulations (CD ROM included)

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- 1/11/2016: Chapter 11 (pages 279-303)
- 1/13/2016: Chapter 12, sections 12.1-12.4 (pages 305-321)
- 1/15/2016: Chapter 12, sections 12.5-12.6 (pages 321-352)
- 1/27/2016: Chapter 13 (pages 353-371)
- 2/1/2016: Chapter 14, sections 14.1-14.3 (pages 373-385)
- 2/2/2016: Chapter 14, section 14.4 (pages 385-397)
- 2/3/2016: Chapter 14, sections 14.5 (pages 397-401)
- 2/9/2016: Chapter 16, section 16.1 (pages 429-435)
- 2/10/2016: Chapter 16, section 16.2 (pages 435-449)
- 2/12/2016: Chapter 17, sections 17.1-17.2 (pages 451-464)
- 2/15/2016: Chapter 17, section 17.3 (pages 464-471)
- 3/9/2016: Chapter 18, sections 18.1-18.2 (pages 473-483)
- 3/21/2016: Chapter 18, sections 18.3-18.5 (pages 484-521)
- 3/30/2016: Chapter 19, sections 19.3-19.3 (pages 523-534)
- 4/1/2016: Chapter 19, sections 19.4-19.5 (pages 534-555)
- 4/3/2016: Chapter 19, section 19.6 (pages 555-561)
- 4/20/2016: Chapter 8 (pages 223-235)

- Chapter 11: Symmetries and their consequences
- Chapter 12: Rotations and angular momentum
- Chapter 13: The hydrogen atom
- Chapter 14: Spin
- Chapter 16: The variational and WKB methods
- Chapter 17: Time-independent perturbation theory
- Chapter 18: Time-dependent perturbation theory
- Chapter 19: Scattering theory
- Chapter 8: Path integrals

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**HW 1**(due Tuesday, 19-Jan-2016) [100 pts. total] -- Solution 1**HW 2**(due Tuesday, 26-Jan-2016) [100 pts. total] -- Solution 2**HW 3**(due Tuesday, 2-Feb-2016) [90 pts. total] -- Solution 3**HW 4**(due Tuesday, 9-Feb-2016) [100 pts. total] -- Solution 4**HW 5**(due Tuesday, 16-Feb-2016) [100 pts. total] -- Solution 5**HW 6**(due Tuesday, 23-Feb-2016) [100 pts. total] -- Solution 6**HW 7**(due Tuesday, 8-Mar-2016) [50 pts. total] -- Solution 7**HW 8**(due Tuesday, 22-March-2016) [80 pts. total] -- Solution 8**HW 9**(due Tuesday, 29-March-2016) [50 pts. total] -- Solution 9**HW 10**(due Tuesday, 5-April-2016) [40 pts. total] -- Solution 10**HW 11**(due Tuesday, 19-April-2016) [100 pts. total] -- Solution 11**HW 12**(due Tuesday, 26-April-2016) [100 pts. total] -- Solution 12

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Final Exam: Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 2:00pm-5:00pm, Scott Lab N0050.

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Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.- D. Mermin on "Quantum Weirdness" (Physics Today, April 1989)
- Matthew Pusey et al. "On the reality of the quantum state" (Nature Physics, May 2012)
- Eugene Reich, "A boost for quantum reality" (Nature 485 (2012) 157)
- D. Mermin on giving talks (Physics Today, Nov. 1992)
- S. Weinberg's three Laws of
Progress in Theoretical Physics
(from
*Asymptotic Realms of Physics,*edited by A. Guth, K. Huang and R. L. Jaffe, MIT Press, 1983) - Sam Goudsmit: The discovery of the electron spin (from the web site of the Physics Department at Leiden University)
- A T-Symmetric formulation of Quantum Mechanics by Y. Aharonov, S. Popescu, and J. Tollaksen, (Physics Today, Nov. 2010, p. 27)

Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.

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