Advanced Quantum Mechanics II: PH672/PH772 Course Information

Day and Time: M/W/F 10:10AM-11:00AM
Room: CH 396
Instructor: Dr. Ryoichi Kawai
phone: (205) 934-3931
Office Hour: by appointment
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J. J. Sakurai Modern Quantum Mechanics (Addison Wesley Logan, 1993) - Required

Several take-home exams. One in-class comprehensive exam at the end of term.

From time to time, open book in-class quizzes will be held. You can open only your own notebook and textbook. No photocopy of books nor notebooks are allowed. The date and topics of a quiz will be announced one week before it will ne held.

Group Homework:
One student (principal investigator, PI) selected by the instructor explains other students his/her solution in a group study meeting. If mistakes are discovered, try to create a correct solution jointly. When everyone agrees with the solution, the PI writes the solution on paper with the signatures of all students. If not eveyone agrees, those who disagree with PI should write another solution with their signatures. Everyone who signed the solution will receive the same score. So, make it sure that you check the solution carefully or you mighr get a failing grade along with others.

Individual Homework:
Each student must carry out assignments by him/herself without consulting to other people.

All homework must be turned in by email. You can scan your solution using a fast scanner(B/W low resolution) in the department office or a slow scanner (Color high resolution) in the SPS room. Ask Jie how to use the fast scanner.

Grade Policy
  • Blank answer receives no points.
  • Correct answer receives positive points.
  • Incorrect answer receives negative points. In particular, answers that contains obvious self-contradiction, that are obviously contradict with basic laws of physics or math, or that contains too unrealistic conclusion, lose large points. Simple arithmetic mistake that resulted in unrealistic conclusion is also subject to large negative points. The bottom line is that you must be able to check if your answer is reasonable.
  • Excellent (A): Take-home exams: 80% or above AND In-class exams and quizzes: 80% or above AND Homework: 80% or above.
  • Above Average (B): Take-home exams: 70% or above AND In-class exams and quizzes: 70% or above AND Homework: 70% or above AND not "A".
  • Minimally Satisfactory (C): Take-home exams: 60% or above AND In-class exams and quizzes: 60% or above AND Homework: 60% or above AND (neither "A" nor "B").
  • August-September: Angular Momentum and Spherical Systems, Discrete Symmetry
  • October-December: Approximation Methods and Application of Quantum Mechanics