Quantum Mechanics 29:5741(245)

Quantum Mechanics I

29:5741(245)

Fall 2017


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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.

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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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