PH451/551-2B Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II
Course Information (Spring 2012)

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:
  • Orbital angular momentum
  • Spin
  • Central Force
  • Hydrogen/Helium atom
  • Identical particles and Statistics
  • Symmetries and conservation laws
  • Measurement problems
  • Approximation methods
  • Diatomic molecules
  • Atoms in magnetic field
  • Quantum optics
  • Quantum Entanglement and quantum information
Day and Time: Tue. & Thu. 9:30AM-10:45AM
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: Wed. 12:30-1:30pm
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Course Schedule
Homework Assignment
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

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 PH451 students.