PH771 (2016, Spring) Course Information
Course Description:
Through this course students will learn principles of quantum mechanics; including concepts of quantum state, quantum observable, uncertainty principle, quantum probability, quantum dynamics including path integral approach, 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:
 Key experimental observations
 Hilbert space: Quantum states and observables
 Interpretation of quantum mechanics, Uncertainty principle
 Quantum dyanmics: Schödinger equation
 Quantum dynamics: Heisenberg equation
 Quantum dynamics: Path integral
 Symmetry and conservation laws
 Onedimensional systems: Bound states, Scattering, Tunneling
 Harmonic oscillators
 Quantum particles in EM and gravitational fields (gauge symmetry)
 Spherical systems and angular momentums
 Spin
 Addition of angular momentum
 Hydrogen atom
Day and Time: 
Tue. & Thu. 3:30PM4:45PM 
Room: 
TBA 
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/2016Spring/ph771 
Course
Schedule 
Required
Textbook 

Modern Quantum Mechanics (2nd ed)
by J. J. Sakurai and J. Napolitano
AddisonWesley, 2011
(Other Suggested Books)


Messages from the Instructor
[01/05] As announced earlier, the class hour has changed. See above for the new class hour.
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 Document,
Mathematica Document. Scanned image of hand written documents (PDF, 300DPI)
Exam Schedule (Tentative)
 Inclass midterm exam (March 1st)
 Inclass final exam (April 26)
 Takehome exam I (First week of February)
 Takehome exam II (First Week of April)
Grading
Exams and assignments carry the following maximum possile points.
Midterm exams (20 pts. each), Final exam (20 pts.), Takehome exam (20 pts. each), 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 
F 
Otherwise 

