Physics 342    Graduate Quantum Mechanics II

Instructor:  Savdeep Sethi

Textbooks:  Principles of Quantum Mechanics  by R. Shankar

Location & Time: KPTC 105,  T-Th 10:30 - 11:50

Office Hours: T 4-5

Final: Thursday March 17 10:30-12:30

Graders: Zimu Li & Rhys Povey

Course Outline:

This is the second 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 a continuation of our exploration of foundational topics in quantum mechanics. A
partial list of topics covered in the two quarter sequence includes

In terms of course administration, there will be regular problem sets (~60%)
and a final examination (~40%).
See the following link for information on the first quarter.


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 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 might be interested in the collapse of the wavefunction and the issue of measurement
in quantum mechanics. Here is a link to a beautiful lecture by the late Sidney Coleman on
"Quantum Mechanics in Your Face."


Problem Sets:

Assignment 1

Solutions 1

Assignment 2

Solutions 2

Assignment 3

Solutions 3

Assignment 4

Solutions 4

Assignment 5

Solutions 5

Assignment 6

Solutions 6

Assignment 7

Solutions 7

Practice Problems

Solutions to the Practice Problems

Lecture notes from March 8 can be found here.