Physics 342 Graduate Quantum Mechanics II
Location & Time: KPTC 105, T-Th 10:30 -
Office Hours: T 4-5
Final: Thursday March 17 10:30-12:30
Graders: Zimu Li & Rhys Povey
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
This quarter will be a
continuation of our exploration of foundational topics in quantum
partial list of topics covered in the two quarter sequence
- Linear Algebra
- Principles of Quantization
- Angular Momentum & Spin
- Perturbation Theory
In terms of course administration, there will be regular problem
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.
During the course, we
will encounter symmetries and symmetry groups. A more detailed
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."
Solutions to the
Lecture notes from March 8
can be found here.