Quantum Mechanics I
Fall Semester 96-97

About Course

Quantum mechanics was once mostly of interest to physicists, chemists and other basic scientists. Now the concepts and techniques of quantum mechanics are essential in many areas of engineering and science such as materials science, nanotechnology, electronic devices, and photonics. In this course we will covers fundamental concepts of quantum mechanics such as: wave properties, uncertainty principles, Schrödinger equation, and operator and matrix methods. Basic applications of the following are discussed: one-dimensional potentials (harmonic oscillator), three-dimensional centrosymmetric potentials (hydrogen atom), and angular momentum and spin. The course also examines approximation methods: variational principle and perturbation theory.

A list of helpful references may be:

Principles of Quantum Mechanics | R. Shankar | 2nd Edition(1994)
Quantum Mechanics: Concepts and Applications | Nouredine Zettili | 2nd Edition(2009)

Course prerequisites:

Some familiarity with Modern Physics, Classical Mechanics AND Some basic knowledge in Mathematics would be helpful.

Class times and location:

Lectures: Sat-Mon 1:30-3:00 PM in Class #16.
Teacher Assistant: Mahyar Taherpour
TA Class: Sat-Mon 12:30-1:30 PM in Class #16.

Grading System

There will be 2 midterm exams at the following dates:

Wed 12 Aban,   Mon 15 Azar

There will also be a final exam which covers all the course material. The Midterm exams each last 90 minutes and the final exam 2 hours. Each Mid exam has a grade of - and the final exam has a grade of -.