http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/ph424
Last update: 13 February 2012
Instructor: Janet Tate, WGR 485, 7371700; tate_at_physics.oregonstate.edu
Office Hours: Wed, Fri 23 (304F or 485), or by appointment.
Teaching Associate: Dr. MaryBridget Kustusch, WGR 491, 7376080; mary.bridget_at_physics.oregonstate.edu
Office Hours: M,Tu,Th 34
Date  Topic  Reading  Assignments 

M 2/6  Introduction Basic vocabulary & concepts Traveling & standing waves Phase, group, and material velocity 
Main 9.1, 9.3 Griffiths EM 9.1.1, 9.1.2 notes 
HW 1 13 due Wed 2/8; 47 due Fri 2/10 
Tu 2/7  Non dispersive wave equation Initial conditions, boundary conditions Dispersion relation Standing wave demo/lab Standing wave/dispersion worksheet Newton's law: Waves in a rope 
Main 9.0 GEM 9.1.1 Taylor 16.116.3 notes 
Standing Wave Data from class (Excel sheet) 
W 2/8  Reflection & Transmission Impedance Reflection and transmission 
Main 9.2 GEM 9.1.3 notes 
HW1W due ; Solution HW1W 
Th 2/9  Propagation of waves in a coaxial cable (LAB) Data acquisiton, class discussion & analysis 
Main 9.5, 10.3 GEM 9.2.1 Lab instructions 
Analysis assignment (plot data), due tomorrow in class 
F 2/10  Propagation & attenuation Analysis continuation Attenuation 
Main 9.2 GEM 9.1.3 notes 
HW 2 (W) = lab worksheet ,parts 14 due Wed 2/15, part 5 due Wed 2/22 & HW 2 (F) due Fri 2/17 HW1F due; Solution HW1F 
M 2/13  Energy Kinetic, potential energy density Total energy Energy density worksheet 
Main 9.4 notes 

Tu 2/14  Fourier analysis Superposition & Fourier analysis Superposition and Fourier worksheet 
Main 11.111.3; pp.217220 PH 421 notes notes 

W 2/15  Wave equation in quantum mechanics The wave function Position, momentum & energy operators 
McIntyre 5.15.3 notes 
HW2W (lab) due (but not part 5); Solution HW2W 
Th 2/16  Wave equation in quantum mechanics Probability density, expectation values, normalization The finite square well Eigenvalues, eigenfunctions of bound states of a finite well potential Infinite well as a limit of the finite well 
Review infinite square well: McIntyre 5.4, PH314 McIntyre 5.25.3 McIntyre 5.55.6 notes 

F 2/17  Quantum states Superposition & measurement; square well examples 
McIntyre 5.15.6 notes 
HW 3 due Wed 2/22 & Fri 2/24 HW2F due; Solution HW2F 
M 2/20  Quantum states Superposition & measurement; square well examples 
McIntyre 5.15.6 notes 

Tu 2/21  Schroedinger wave equation & time development SWE & Separation of variables Time development of arbitrary states Unbound states Free particle Wave packets and group velocity 
McIntyre 5.7 McIntyre 6.16.2 notes 

W 2/22  Heisenberg uncertainty principle Heisenberg uncertainty principle Dispersion of the wave packet 
McIntyre 6.3 notes 
HW3W due; Solution HW3W 
Th 2/23  Barriers, tunneling & scattering Reflection, transmission Tunneling 
McIntyre 6.46.5 notes 
HW2W (lab) due (part 5 & 6) 
F 2/24  Barriers, tunneling & scattering (cont'd) The connection between classical and quantum waves 
McIntyre 6.46.5 notes 
HW3F due; Solution HW3F 
Sun 2/26  Review Session WGR 212 
7pm. Special review; JT out of town previous Wed  Sat  
M 2/27  Final Exam WGR 304 and 304F 
Review lab, notes, Main 9 & 10, McIntyre 5 & 6  practice exam review sheet Exam 2012 solution 