**Department
of Physics and Astronomy**

Class: M W 9:20-10:35 am, Darwin 38

Instructor: Dr. Hongtao Shi

Phone:** **664-2013

Email: hongtao.shi@sonoma.edu

Office: Darwin 300J

Office Hours: M Tu 2-3:30 pm, and by appointment

**Course Description:**
We will devote this semester to learning
how nonrelativistic quantum mechanics works while applying it to some relatively
simple systems. We will examine the Schrödinger equation and its solution
for free particles, potential wells (infinite and finite), simple harmonic oscillators,
central potentials, and the hydrogen atom.

**Course Objectives:** By
the end of the semester, you are required to demonstrate (a) knowledge, understanding
and use of the principles of physics, (b) ability to use reasoning and logic
to define a problem in terms of physics principles, and (c) ability to use mathematics
and computer applications to solve physics problems. It
is to be expected that you have deepened your understanding of the following
topics: the Schrödinger equation, coordinate and momentum representations,
harmonic oscillator, angular momentum and spin, Hilbert space, Dirac notation,
eigenvalues and eigenfunctions, completeness relations, central potentials,
and the hydrogen model.

**Prerequisites:**
**Physics
314: Introduction to Physics III** and **Physics
325: Introduction to Mathematical Physics**

**Required Textbook:****
***Introduction to Quantum Mechanics*, 2nd ed., by David J.
Griffiths (Prentice Hall, 2005). Buy it at a bookstore or online.

Other useful books: A Quantum Mechanics Primer by Daniel T. Gillespie and Primer of Quantum Mechanics by Marvin Chester for added insight (These are not for solving specific problems). Volume III of the Feynman Lectures on Physics by Richard P. Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, and Matthew Sands is also well worth reading.

**Grading Policy:**

Homework, Quizzes and
Exams |
30% Final Exam, Wednesday, 12/13,
8-9:50 am |

20% Test 1 | |

20% Test 2 | |

30% Homework Assignments | |

Course
Grade
| Percent |
Course
Grade |
Percent |
Course
Grade |
Percent |

A | 93-100 |
A- | 90-93 |
||

B+ | 87-90 |
B | 83-87 |
B- | 80-83 |

C+ | 77-80 |
C | 73-77 |
C- | 70-73 |

D+ | 67-70 |
D | 63-67 |
D- | 60-63 |

F | Below 60 |

**Notes:**

1. Do NOT stop attending class (see
policy). If you have any problems which affect your performance in this
course, please contact me ASAP.

2. There is no tolerance for late homework submission
without a legitimate reason, as solutions will usually be posted the day after
due date.

3. The lowest homework grade will be dropped when
I compute your term grade.

4. You are encouraged to work in a study group
in doing the homework, discussing the problems, but I expect you to write up
your own solutions handed in for grading.

5. All exams are closed book/notes and must be taken at the assigned time. You
can bring one (1) index card to the class with equations and formulas, which
should not have problems worked out or text excerpts. No makeup will be given
without a legitimate reason such as medical emergency. So arrange accordingly.
Be aware the makeup exam may be entirely different from the original one.

6. I reserve the right to raise your grade if exceptional effort and class participation
are observed through the semester.

**Important University policies, such as add/drop classes, cheating and
plagiarism, grade appeal procedures, can be found at **

**http://www.sonoma.edu/uaffairs/policies/studentinfo.shtml**

Email me if you have questions or comments.

Last updated August 15, 2017