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Future (spring 2017) – Phys662, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics.

 

Image result for quantum mechanics picturesText: D. J. Griffiths, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, second edition.

We will introduce quantum mechanics and look at several simple systems before solving the hydrogen atom in some detail.

Learning outcomes: Understand the information contained in the wavefunction; be able to use the Schrodinger equation to solve simple problems; use the Schrodinger equation to solve the hydrogen atom and to find the wave function and the orbital and spin angular momentum. The website for

this class will be created approximately Dec. 10th.

 

Current (fall 2016) - Phys 106, Concepts of Physics.

 

This class is taught via the ‘learning cycle’ method and was designed by Dean Zollman in our Physics Education Group many years ago. It is based on research concerning how students who are not majoring in science or engineering like to learn physics. The primary underlying principle is that you learn best by doing, not by sitting quietly and listening to someone else talk. Thus, most of the course is organized around your participation in your own learning process. This course emphasizes conceptual understanding rather than numerical calculation. Being able to describe a phenomenon and apply that description to a new situation is more valuable than being able to solve an equation. Thus, students should strive to understand each topic that is discussed and to display that understanding in written and oral communication rather than in equations.

 

The student website for this class is at K-State Online. 

 

Class

Number

Level, UG/Grad

Physical World 1

Phys101

Non-science UG

Physical World 2

Phys102

Non-science UG

Concepts of Physics

Phys016

Non-science UG

Descriptive Astronomy

Phys191

General UG

Physics 1 (Calculus-based)

Phys223,213

Physics UG

Physics 2 (Calculus-based)

Phys224,214

Physics UG

Life and Death of Stars

Phys300

Physics UG

Birth and Evolution of Universe

Phys300

Physics UG

Physics of Outdoor Sports/Activities

Phys460

General UG

Physics Laboratory

Phys506

Physics UG

Mechanics

Phys522

Physics UG

Electromagnetic Fields I

Phys532

Physics UG

Electromagnetic Fields II

Phys633

Physics UG/Grad

Physics of Solids

Phys655

Physics UG/Grad

Thermal & Statistical Mechanics

Phys664

Physics UG/Grad

Applied Quantum Mechanics

Phys709

Physics UG/Grad

Mathematical Methods of Physics

Phys801

Physics Grad

Journal Club

Phys806

Physics Grad

Advanced Dynamics

Phys821

Physics Grad

Introduction to Solid State Physics

Phys881

Physics Grad

Statistical Mechanics

Phys971

Physics Grad

Solid State Physics

Phys981

Physics Grad

Topics/Magnetic Materials

Phys982

Physics Grad