Fall 2012 Syllabus

Assistant: Dr. Chabysheva

Office: 353 Marshall W. Alworth Hall (MWAH)

Hours: 4 MW in 195 MWAH, 11 F in 353 MWAH, and by appointment.

E-mail: jhiller@d.umn.edu

Phone: 218-726-7594

Home page:
http://www.d.umn.edu/~jhiller

** Text**: E. Merzbacher,
*Quantum Mechanics*, 3rd ed.

** Prerequisites**:
Phys 4021 Quantum Physics II or equivalent.

**References:**

- A. Messiah,
*Quantum Mechanics*, Vol. I - R. Shankar,
*Principles of Quantum Mechanics*, 2nd ed. - L.I. Schiff,
*Quantum Mechanics*, 3rd ed.

**Background:**

- D.J. Griffiths,
*Introduction to Quantum Mechanics* - E.E. Anderson,
*Modern Physics and Quantum Mechanics*

** Course outline**:

Week | Chapters | Topics |

1-3 | 1-4 | Review of fundamentals |

4-5 | 6,5 | One-dimensional systems |

Exam #1 | 1-6 | Wednesday, October 3 |

6-7 | 7,8 | Approximation methods |

8-9 | 9,10 | Vector spaces; quantum postulates |

Exam #2 | 7-11 | Friday, November 2 |

10 | 11 | Orbital angular momentum |

11-13 | 12 | Three-dimensional systems |

14 | 16 | Spin |

15 | Identical particles | |

Final Exam | 12 noon, Wednesday, December 19. |

** Homework**:
The outline for the semester indicates the chapter(s)
to be read before class meetings for the coming week. Reading
assignments that are more precise will be given in class.
Assignments of recommended problems will also be given.
These problems are for practice, to improve understanding
of the material and to prepare for quizzes and exams.

**Class participation**: Participation is required. You are
expected to be able to demonstrate your preparation for class
by being able to answer questions. You will also be expected
to work problems in class, to hand in at the end of class;
this work (unlike the quizzes) will be open book, open notes, and
open discussion with instructors and other students.

**Quizzes**: For each Wednesday (unless there is an exam that week!),
there will be a quiz, to check your progress in studying the material.
The quiz will be drawn from previously recommended problems, reading
assignments, lectures, and in-class activities. It will be closed
book and closed notes, but necessary formulas will be provided.
A calculator is permitted and may sometimes be useful. A snow day
will postpone the quiz to the next class meeting.

** Exams**:
There will be two midterms and a final. The final will concentrate
on material covered after the second midterm; however, the material
covered in this course is cumulative by nature. All exams will be closed book and
closed notes. Useful formulas will be provided. Do bring a calculator,
just in case. For the purposes of the exams, the content of the course
is determined by the lectures, discussions, quizzes,
problems, and reading assignments.

** Exam makeup policy**:
If an absence from an exam is anticipated, this should be
discussed with the instructor in advance of the exam. An
equivalent exam will be scheduled as soon as possible for
those justifiably absent. Absence from an exam without
prior permission must be due to uncontrollable circumstances
(explained in writing) in order to be considered justifiable.

** Determination of grades**:
Grades will be determined from four components as follows:

1. Quizzes | 30% |

2. Class participation | 15% |

3. Midterm exams | 15% each |

4. Final exam | 25% |

A | 70-100, | B | 55-70, | C | 40-55, | D | 30-40, | F | 0-30. |

** Posting of grades**:
Grades will be posted on an electronic
gradebook,
which can be reached by a direct link from the course
home page.
Your e-mail ID and password will give you access to your entries.

** A note on disabilities**:
Individuals who have any disability, either
permanent or temporary, which might affect their ability to perform in
this class are encouraged to inform the instructor at the start of the
semester. Adaptation of methods, materials, or testing may be made as
required to provide for equitable participation. To learn about the
services that UMD provides to students with disabilities, contact
Disability Resources,
258 Kirby Student Center, extension 6130.

**Academic integrity**: UMD's Student Academic
Integrity Policy can be found at
http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/integrity.

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http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/code.

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