Text: Quantum Physics (3rd edition) by Stephen Gasiorowicz. This and other possibly useful texts have been placed on reserves at S&E Library. The topics covered in 130a will come from the first 8 to 10 chapters of Gasiorowicz.
Course Times: Lecture: TTh 11:00-12:20, CSB 001. Discussion: M 6:00-6:50, WLH2206,
Homework: Around 7 problem sets, with about a week to do each. Due in class, at 11:00am (or dropped off earlier). Late HW sets will not be accepted.
Midterm: Will be May 8, during the lecture time. Bring bluebooks.
Final: Tues June 12, 11:30-2:30. No late or early finals, check your schedule now!
Grading: Discretionary = 5%, Homework=20%, Midterm=25%, Final=50%.
|date||Topics (and link to lecture notes)||Homework|
|4/3||Introduction (Gas. ch. 1)|
|4/5||more history (Gas. ch. 1)||HW 1 (due 4/12) solutions|
|4/10||A bit more history, then probability interpretation of QM (Gas. ch. 2)|
|4/12||Free particle wavefunctions, superposition. (Gas. ch. 2)||2.4, 2.5, 2.8, 2.9, 2.16, 2.17, 2.18. (Due 4/19) solutions|
|4/17||more on position and momentum, and energy and time. (Gas. ch. 2)|
|4/19||Schrodinger eqn (Gas. ch. 2, and 3)||HW 3, due 4/26 solutions|
|4/24||More Schrodinger eqn (Gas. ch. 2 & 3)|
|4/26||More particle in box. measurement. (Gas. ch, 3)||HW 4 (due May 3) solutions|
|5/1||Solving the S.E.. Reflection and transmission.(Gas. ch, 4)|
|5/3||More potentials. Tunneling. Bound states.(Gas. ch. 4)||NO HW.|
|5/10||Vector spaces and Dirac's bra-ket notation.||HW 5, Due May 17 solutions|
|5/15||Dirac's bra-ket notation, continued.|
|5/17||Dirac's bra-ket notation, continued.||HW 6, Due May 24 solutions|
|5/22||Harmonic oscillator: creation and annihilation ops.|
|5/24||Heisenberg picture. Measurements and [A,B]. Start to discuss L.||HW 7, Due May 31 solutions|
|5/31||More angular momentum.||HW 8, Due June 7 solutions|
|6/5||Decoupled systems (separation of variables). Spherical problems.|
|6/7||Hydrogen atom and spherical well|