Text: I chose Principles of Quantum Mechanics (2nd edition) by R. Shankar as the official text. The lectures will follow my own notes, available below. I have requested that the books by Shankar, Gasiorwicz, Griffiths, and volume 3 of the Feynman Lectures be placed on reserves at S&E Library. The topics covered in 130a will roughly come from the first 13 chapters of Shankar, but we'll skip some chapters (e.g. chapters 8 and 10) and pieces of chapters.
Course Times: Lecture: TTh 11:00-12:20, WLH 2111. Discussion: M 6:00-6:50, PETER 103,
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 10, 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|
|4/1||Particles vs waves, classically (ch. 3)|
|4/3||Idea and history of QM||HW 1 (due 4/10) solutions|
|4/8||continue history of QM|
|4/10||finish history; probability interpretation of QM||HW 2(due 4/17) solutions|
|4/15||free particle wavefunction, Fourier transforms.|
|4/17||more on Fourier transforms; vector spaces etc.||HW3 (due 4/24) solutions|
|4/22||math, bra-ket notation, and postulates of QM|
|4/24||more on bra-ket notation||HW 4 (Due May 1) solutions|
|4/29||Postulates of QM|
|5/1||Picking a basis. Time evolution.||HW 5 (not due) solutions|
|5/6||More on Schrodinger equation. Particle in a box|
|5/8||midterm, with solutions|
|5/13||Parity and more potential examples|
|5/15||More step potentials, and fluxes||HW 6 (Due May 22) solutions|
|5/20||Flux examples and tunneling.|
|5/22||Harmonic oscillator. Creation and annihilation operators. Phonons||HW 7 (Due 5/29) solutions|
|5/27||More on creation and annihilation operators. Symmetries. Angular momentum|
|5/29||Angular momentum, spherical harmonics||HW 8 (not due) don't peek!|
|6/3||more spherical harmonics, separation of variables, spherical problems.|
|6/5||Solving the S.E. for spherical potentials. Hydrogen atom, spherical well.|