Office Hours: Monday 11:30-12:30

Grader: Callum Quigley

Course Outline:

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

advanced undergraduates).

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
- Path-integrals
- Symmetries
- 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 some date in November. Tentatively the mid-term

will be November 2. The final will be Friday December 9.

References:

There are many good texts on quantum mechanics. Here are a few that might be worth perusing.

Modern Quantum Mechanics by J. J. Sakurai

During the course, we will encounter symmetries and symmetry groups. A more detailed discussion of

group theory and symmetries can be found in the following three 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."

Enjoy.

Problem Sets:

Assignment 1

Solution 1

Assignment 2

Solution 2

Assignment 3

Solution 3

Assignment 4

Solutions 4

Midterm Solutions

Assignment 5

Solutions 5

Assignment 6

Solutions 6