Michael
J. O’Shea Teaching 



Text: 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 KState Online.
