Physics 341 Graduate Quantum Mechanics I
Location & Time: KPTC 103, T-Th 10:30 - 11:50
Office Hours: Tuesdays at 4
Grader: Callum Quigley (RI 165)
This is the first quarter of a two quarter sequence covering graduate quantum mechanics. It is
aimed primarily at first year graduate students (and perhaps a few adventurous sufficiently
This quarter will be devoted to foundational topics in quantum mechanics. A partial list of topics
to be considered includes:
- Linear Algebra
- Principles of Quantization
- Angular Momentum & Spin
- Perturbation Theory
In terms of course administration, there will be regular problem sets (~40%), a
mid-term (~25%) and a final examination (~35%).
The mid-term is scheduled for November 5. The mid-term will cover material
through the last lecture Thursday on the SHO and the first three problem sets.
The final is scheduled for Tuesday Dec 8 10:30-12:30 in KPTC 103.
There are many good texts on quantum mechanics. Here are a few that might be worth perusing.
Modern Quantum Mechanics by J. J. Sakurai
Quantum Mechanics by K. Gottfried
During the course, we
will encounter symmetries and symmetry groups. A more detailed
group theory and symmetries can be found in the following
links (these files are fairly large. They
constitute the material for an independent course):
groups1 groups2 groups3
Some of you have asked about the collapse of the wavefunction and the issue of measurement
in quantum mechanics. We don't have time for a detailed discussion in lecture but here is a link
to a beautiful lecture by the late Sidney Coleman on "Quantum Mechanics in Your Face."