PH450/5504A (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
 Onedimensional bound states
 Onedimensional scattering problems
 Quantum tunneling
 Simple harmonic oscillators
 Particles in gravitational/electromagnetic fields
 Orbital angular momentum
 Spin
Day and Time: 
Tue. & Thu. 3:30PM4:45PM 
Room: 
PH 394 (Del Square) 
Instructor: 
Dr. Ryoichi Kawai 
email: 
kawai@uab.edu 
phone: 
(205) 9343931 
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: 
Wed. 12:301:30pm

Course Website: 
http://kawai.phy.uab.edu/courses/ph450 
Course
Schedule 
Required
Textbook 


Quantum Mechanics
G. Auletta, M. Fortunato, and G. Parisi
Cambridge University Press (2009)
ISBN13: 9780521869638
eBook: 9780511533631


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.
Homework
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.)
Exams
Two midterm exams and a final comprehensive exam will be given.
Students must take all three exams. Makeup exam is allowed only when
reasonable excuse is presented. You can take only one makeup exam.
Grading
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. 
