Physics 709 Applied Quantum Mechanics

                                                     Fall 2013

                                                      TU 2:30-3:45    CW 130


Instructor: C. D. Lin

CW230   532-1617


Teaching Assistant: Dr. Xu Wang   CW231


Homework help session:   (to be decided)


Help hours:   TT 3:45-4:30 pm or e-mail me for appointment



         David Griffiths, "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics",  2nd edition 2005

                                     ISBN 013 111892-7


Grading: (yes, it adds up to 110%)

  three quizzes    20 % each

  final                  20 %

  Homework       30 %


Examination dates:

    Exam 1:  Sep 17,  Tuesday   2:30pm-3:45pm

    Exam 2:  Oct. 10, Thursday  2:30pm-3:45pm

    Exam 3:  Nov. 21, Thursday 2:30pm-3:45pm

    Final exam (comprehensive)   Dec. 18, 9:40-11:30 am


Tentative Course Outline:


       8/27  Diagonostic Quiz

Chapter 1:   

Chapter 2:   

Chapter 3:   


          Exam 1:    9/17 Tuesday


Chapter 4:     

Chapter 5:    

Chapter 6:  


           Exam 2:   10/10 Thursday


Chapter 9:      

Chapter  11:   

Chapter 7:      


           Exam 3: 11/21 Thursday


Chapters 8, 10:                 

Modern QM and review:  


          Final: 12/18 Wednesday 11:50AM --1:40PM



Guidelines for homework:

This is a course on applying quantum mechanics to solving real problems. You are to learn the concept and methods in the lectures.  It is a good idea to take a quick look at the book before the class. After the lecture, read the book once more and then start work on the assigned problems. One set of homework will be given each week.    


You are allowed to discuss with your classmates about the homework problems. In fact, I encourage you to do so. This should be done after you have attempted the problems. Never copy somebody’s answer. You have to write up the assignment on your own.  If someone helps you a lot, you can say so on your paper. If you can help, do so. It will help you to know if you really understand the topic.


The homework will be “lightly” graded. Each problem will be given 2, 4,or 5 points depending on how “correct” is your answer. If you did not attempt it, you get zero.  If you are not sure about your solution, you can make request on the paper that the problem be discussed in the homework help session.


Each homework is collected a week after it was assigned on Tuesdays before the class. The homework help will be given on the following Wednesday from 5:30-6:30pm. Attendance of help session is required. It will account for 10 points out of the 30 points assigned for homework.


Once you have finished a calculation, look at the answer and ask yourself if it makes sense. Thus for questions requiring numbers, check your answer and state if the number looks reasonable to you.  If not, say so and why. This will give you extra credit, but more importantly, you learn something out of working on that problem.


Students with disabilities:

If you have any condition such as a physical or learning disability, which will make it difficult for you to carry out the work as I have outlined it or which will require academic accommodations, please notify me and contact the Disabled Students Office (Holton 202), in the first two weeks of the course




Plagiarism and cheating are serious offenses and may be punished by failure on the exam, paper or project; failure in the course; and/or expulsion from the University.  For more information refer to the “Academic Dishonesty” policy in K-State Undergraduate Catalog and the Undergraduate Honor System Policy on the Provost’s web page at