PH450/550-4A (2011, Fall) Course Information

Course Description: Through this course students will learn principles of quantum; including concepts of quantum state, quantum observable, uncertainty principle, quantum probability, Shrödinger equation, and spin. Then, we apply them to various problems such as quantum well, quantum barrier, harmonic oscillators, quantum tunneling, and particles in fields. Students successfully completing this course will develop sufficient theoretical knowledge to investigate simple quantum phenomena.
Learning Objectives:
  • Concepts and mathematical description of quantum observables
  • Quantum states, wave functions, and their interpretation
  • Uncertainty principle
  • Schödinger equation and quantum dyanmics
  • Heisenberg equation and quantum dynamics
  • One-dimensional bound states
  • One-dimensional scattering problems
  • Quantum tunneling
  • Simple harmonic oscillators
  • Particles in gravitational/electromagnetic fields
  • Orbital angular momentum
  • Spin
Day and Time: Tue. & Thu. 3:30PM-4:45PM
Room: PH 394 (Del Square)
Instructor: Dr. Ryoichi Kawai
phone: (205) 934-3931
skype*: userid = ryoichikawai
* You must send your skype user ID to the instructor by email in advance or your call will be blocked.
Office Hour: by appointment
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Course Schedule
Required Textbook  
Quantum Mechanics
G. Auletta, M. Fortunato, and G. Parisi
Cambridge University Press (2009)
ISBN-13: 978-0-521-86963-8
eBook: 978-0-511-53363-1

Messages from the Instructor
  • [8/10] Purchasing student version of Maple 15 at a discount price ($75):  Use the promotion code: AP73564 or go to this link.

Several homework problems will be given every week. Homework must be turned in electronically by email.  Allowed formats are LaTeX source, LaTeX dvi,  Acorbat PDF, Maple Worksheet, Maple Document, Mathematica Document.  (Hand written documents must be scanned in high resolution (300 DPI) with sufficient contrast and saved in PDF.)

Two midterm exams and a final comprehensive exam will be given. Students must take all three exams. Make-up exam is allowed only when reasonable excuse is presented. You can take only one make-up exam.

Exams and assignments carry the following maximum possile points. Midterm exams (20 pts. each), Final exam (40 pts.), Homework and other assignments (20 pts.). The total maximum possible points is 100. Letter grades are determined by the rule given in the table.
Grade Total Score
A 85 or above
B 75 or above
C 60 or above
D* 50 or above
F Otherwise
* Only for PH450 students.