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CAPSTONES IN PHYSICS PH451/551: QUANTUM MECHANICS, WINTER 2018

PH451/551 Basic Information
Location: Weniger 304 Time: MWF 12 - 12:50
Instructor: Prof. Janet Tate
737-1700; tate at physics.oregonstate.edu
Office hours: Mondays and Thursdays 1:30 - 2:30 or by appointment
Weniger 485
Last update: 2 January 2018 Syllabus subject to change; please check regularly.
Day
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Topic Reading
McIntyre
(errata)
Assignments
M 1/8 Review of paradigms 1, 2, 3.1, 5.1-5.7, 6.1-6.5, 7, 8 (review) HW0 due Wed 1/10 in class;
HW1 due Wed 1/17 in class
W 1/10 1-D potentials, wave functions 5.2-5.5 (review) and 5.10.2
"Shooting method" numerical solutions pp. 1-3.5
Reading Quiz (Canvas; complete before 11 am)
F 1/12 Harmonic Oscillator: energy spectrum
9.1-9.2 Reading Quiz (Canvas; complete before 11 am)
M 1/15 MLK day - no class   HW2 due Wed 1/24 in class
W 1/17 Harmonic Oscillator: wave functions 9.3 Reading Quiz (Canvas; complete before 11 am)
F 1/19 Harmonic Oscillator: using the ladder operators
9.4 Reading Quiz (Canvas; complete before 11 am)
M 1/22 HO: Matrices 9.5 HW3 due Wed 1/31 in class
Reading Quiz (Canvas; complete before 11 am)
W 1/24 HO: Time dependence, uncertainty principle 9.7-9.8 Reading Quiz (Canvas; complete before 11 am)
F 1/26 Time independent, non-degenerate perturbation theory
10.1-2 Reading Quiz (Canvas; complete before 11 am)
M 1/29 Non-degenerate perturbation theory 10.3 (and skim 10.4) HW4 Q1 & 2 due Fri 2/2 in class and Q3 & 4 due Wed 2/7 in class
Reading Quiz (Canvas; complete before 11:30 am)
W 1/31 Non-degenerate perturbation theory 10.3 (again) and 10.4 Reading Quiz (Canvas; complete before 11:30 am)
F 2/2 Non-degenerate perturbation theory 10.3 (again) and 10.4 (again) Reading Quiz (Canvas; complete before 11:30 am)
M 2/5 Midterm exam (up to and including 1st order NDPT) MT equation sheet
Practice midterm exam
HW5 due Wed 2/14 in class
W 2/7 Degenerate perturbation theory 10.5 Reading Quiz (Canvas; complete before 11:30 am)
F 2/9 Stark effect in Hydrogen
10.6 Reading Quiz (Canvas; complete before 11:30 am)
M 2/12 Angular Momentum 11.1-2 HW6 due Wed 2/21 in class
Reading Quiz (Canvas; complete before 11:30 am)
W 2/14 Angular momentum & hyperfine interaction 11.3-11.4 Reading Quiz (Canvas; complete before 11:30 am)
F 2/16 Hyperfine interaction
  Reading Quiz (Canvas; complete before 11:30 am)
M 2/19 Hyperfine interaction & addition of angular momentum 11.5 Angular momentum summary
HW7 due Wed 2/28 in class
Reading Quiz (Canvas; complete before 11:30 am)
W 2/21 Addition of angular momentum
11.6-7 Reading Quiz (Canvas; complete before 11:30 am)
F 2/23 More addition of angular momentum 12.1-12.2 Reading Quiz (Canvas; complete before 11:30 am)
M 2/26 Even more addition of angular momentum (but it's all about fine structure, too) 12.2 HW8 due Wed 3/7 in class
W 2/28 Spin orbit coupling & fine structure
12.2  
F 3/2 Zeeman effect
12.3, 12.3.2.2 (strong field), lightly read 12.3.2.1 (weak field), [12.3.1 w/o spin is useful, NOT 12.3.2.3 interm. field, NOT 12.3.3 hyperfine]  
M 3/5 Identical particles 13.1-13.2 HW9 due Wed 3/15 in class
W 3/7 Identical particles 13.2-13.3  
F 3/9 Time dependent perturbation theory
14.1  
M 3/12 Harmonic perturbation 14.2  
W 3/14 Radiation & Selection rules 14.3, 14.4 PH551 papers due
F 3/16 PH551 talk
Review
   
Thursday 3/22 Final exam, 9:30-11:30 am
Venue: TBA
Equation Sheet
Practice final exam