Quantum Mechanics I (Undergraduate)

Quantum Mechanics

Fall, 2013             Physics 430            Section 1

Instructor:  Prof. Mark Byrd
Office:                     Neckers 477
Phone:                    453-2271
e-mail: mbyrd [at] siu [dot] edu
Class URL:  www.physics.siu.edu/~mbyrd/440Info

Office Hours:
      MWF    10:30-11:30;1:50-2:50

Lecture Hall: The lectures for this class will take place from 1:00-1:50 on MWF, often in Neckers 410 unless otherwise noted.

FINAL EXAM: The final Exam is scheduled from 3:10-5:10 PM on Thursday, December 12 in our classroom.


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TEXTBOOK: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Second Edition), by David J. Griffiths,  and QUNET's wikibook: ''Quantum Computation and Quantum Error Prevention''

The goal of this course is to understand basic quantum mechanical laws, solve simple analytically solvable problems, and learn how to apply quantum mechanics to some fundamental and important basic physical problems such as explaining the spectra of the Hydrogen atom and the periodic table of the elements.

Grades: Homework: 15%, Midertm: 40%, Final:45%

HOMEWORK: There will be homework assignments given during the semester, approximately one assignment per week. The homework problems will be graded. Homework includes projects, in-class assignments, and problems assigned from the text.

COURSE OUTLINE: We will try to cover all of Chapters 1-5 and some other selected topics from quantum information. All starred problems (those marked with an asterisk) will be assigned in addition to some other homework, class presentations, and exercizes.