TU 12:30, CW 146

Fall 2002

**Instructor**:

Dr. Brett Esry

CW 329

532-1620

esry@phys.ksu.edu

http://www.phys.ksu.edu/~esry

**Office hours**:

By appointment, drop by, or send email for faster
response. The preferred channel for asking questions is the Message
Board at KSU Online so that
everyone can benefit.

**Textbook**:
* Principles of Quantum Mechanics, Second Edition*,
R. Shankar

**Supplements**:
* Physics of Atoms, Molecules, and Nuclei*,
Eisberg and Resnick
* The Picture Book of Quantum Mechanics*, S.
Brandt and H.D. Dahmen
* Quantum Mechanics*, Cohen-Tannoudji, Diu,
and Lalo\"e
* Modern Quantum Mechanics*, Sakurai

**Grading**:

Midterm | 20% |

Final | 30% |

Homework | 50% |

**Course philosophy**:

This course will challenge you. I expect that
you will learn the most in this course from the homework, so there will
be quite a bit of it: assignments will be given roughly once per
week. I encourage you to discuss the problems with your classmates,
but you should write up the assignment *on your own.* Some assignments
will require computer work involving simple programming and data analysis.

Take advantage of the message board at KSU
Online. You can discuss questions with each other there, and
I will answer questions there as well.

**Students with disabilities**:

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

**Plagiarism**:

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 the *K-State Undergraduate
Catalog* and the *Undergraduate Honor System Policy* on the Provost's
web page at http://www.ksu.edu/honor/.

**Preliminary Course Outline**:

I will assume that you have a working knowledge
of Chaps. 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, and 13. The more important material from
these chapters will be reviewed in class --- especially Chap. 1 --- but
will not be covered completely. If you do not feel comfortable with
the material in any of these chapters, then I strongly suggest that you
at least read through them.

The following is the tentative list of topics that
will be covered in lecture (we may not get to the whole list and there
may be others added):

**Chap. 1 Mathematical Introduction**

Covered in the first few lectures.

**Chap. 2 Review of Classical Mechanics**

Sec. 2.8 --- symmetries are important.

**Chap. 4 The Postulates --- a General Discussion**

Skip density matrices. Choosing a basis is
important.

**Chap. 5 Simple Problems in One Dimension**

Gaussian wavepackets and lots of homework; applications.
1D scattering and computer work.

**Chap. 7 The Harmonic Oscillator**

Algebraic solution and applications.

**Chap. 8 The Path Integral Formulation of Quantum Theory**
** ** Just the idea.

**Chap. 9 The Heisenberg Uncertainty Relations**

Review canonical pairs of observables.

**Chap. 10 Systems with N Degrees of Freedom**

**Chap. 11 Symmetries and Their Consequences**
** ** Relation to quantum numbers, etc.

**Chap. 12 Rotational Invariance and Angular Momentum**

**Chap. 14 Spin**

Application to two-level systems.

**Chap. 15 Addition of Angular Momenta**

**Chap. 16 Variational and WKB Methods**

Just the variational method. Applications
to atomic and molecular structure. Possibly also structure of
solids. Some computer work.

**Chap. 17 Time-Independent Perturbation Theory**

Should be mostly review; few applications.

**Chap. 18 Time-Dependent Perturbation Theory**

Electromagnetic transitions.