PHYS 709  Applied Quantum Mechanics
Fall 2003

PDF of Syllabus: pdf

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    You can also email me at, stop by my office CW 329, or call 532-1620.

Are you ready yet?
    Take a look at our departmental exam in quantum mechanics.  It is what our department expects someone with a B.S. in physics to know.  In other words, what you should know at the end of this course!  We won't be able to cover all of the material on that exam, but at the end of this course you should be well enough prepared to be able to pick up the extra topics on your own.

Guidelines for homework:

bulletDiscuss your homework with classmates as much as you like, but write your homework solutions on your own!  There will be a severe grade penalty for copying.
bulletAs a scientist in training, you need to learn to communicate scientific information in an effective, efficient manner.  You should consider homework assignments as practice in this art.  It is your responsibility to present your homework solutions in a readable, logical manner --- not mine to decipher and interpret them.  There will be a grade penalty.
bulletIn an incorrect solution, I will reward statements in homework and on exams that show you know it is incorrect and why.  I will also reward any effort above and beyond what is explicitly asked for in a problem.

    Sept. 18:  1D Notes

    Due Dec. 19:  Final

Homework assignments:
    Due Aug. 26:  HW 1
    Due Sept. 2:  HW 2
    Due Sept. 9:  HW 3
    Due Sept. 16:  HW 4
        Time evolution code and input file

To use this code, you will need access to a Fortran 90 compatible compiler.  The code assumes that the input file will be read from standard input.  In Unix or Linux, if you created an executable called CN1D.x, then the command would be: CN1D.x < CN1D.inp .  The probability density at different times are written to different files called fort.*.  You should all have accounts on the Physics Dept. Sun computers running Unix.  If you don't, let me know, and we'll set one up.  If you're having trouble, try getting together with someone who knows what's going on.  Make sure that you run the code on your own, however.  You will have future assignments using this code or something similar, so it's better if you understand how to make the sort of changes necessary for this assignment, how to compile, etc.

    Due Sept. 25:  HW 5
        Eigensolver and input file

Compile this code just as you did the program for HW 4.  The potential is defined in one place in the file, so should be straightforward to modify.  You probably will have to add an open statement as is described on the message board to read in the input file.  Make sure that your grid (xMin and xMax) is large enough to contain the wave function (i.e. the wave function should have decayed smoothly to zero before the boundary)!

    Due Oct. 2:  HW 6
    Due Oct. 9:  HW 7
    Due Oct. 16:  HW 8
    Due Oct. 23:  HW 9
    Due Oct. 30:  HW 10
    Due Nov. 6:  HW 11
    Due Nov. 13:  HW 12
    Due Nov. 20:  HW 13