Possible final grades are A+,A,B,C,D,F. The grade of A+ is for
performance that is a full grade above an A. Grades are based on
homework scores (15%), two mid term exam scores (25%+25%), and the final exam
(35%). Homework assignments will be posted weekly on the web version
of this syllabus (http://homepage.physics.uiowa.edu/~polyzou/phys245/).
This will accessible on the class web page.
This is the first semester of a two semester course on quantum
mechanics. While I will not follow the text, Messiah is a good
reference with a reasonable price. This course is organized as
follows. The first goal of this course is to show how the results of
idealized experiments on simple systems lead to the general
mathematical structure of quantum theories. Second goal is to develop
the consequence of various symmetries of the quantum theory. These
discussions provide the essential background for understanding quantum
mechanics. Applications will be treated concurrently with the
development of the theory. The second semester will cover
computational and approximation methods, identical particles, many
particle quantum mechanics, scattering theory and relativistic
quantum theory. The topics for the first semester are summarized below:
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described above, please refer to the College's Student Academic
Handbook for further information.