Phys 460/560 (Quantum Physics) Fall 2016

Meets - Mon Wed Fri 10-10:50 am;  LaTourette Hall 227


Current Syllabus is available  below in file listings on this page.
Links to handouts and announcements pages is also at bottom of page.

I will try to duplicate handouts and announcements on the NIU  "Blackboard",  but typically, I will use Blackboard only for handouts or information that for some reason should not be put on a public site. (e.g., homework answer sets, or copies of published papers that I have recently found for students to use in assignments to see how topics of course are used in real physics life). When possible, I will include links on this site.

I firmly believe that course pages, particular syllabi and typical handouts and homework assignments,  should be as publicly available for students wishing to study on their own, for other professors within NIU or elsewhere who want to see what this course covers or to compare syllabi or get ideas when they are designing similar course.

This will be the Required Textbook.

Quantum Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers: David A. B. Miller, (2008) Publisher: Cambridge Press.  (This is a quite nice book, it has a more pragmatic approach than the  UG texts that attempt to mimic a graduate physics QM course. I think that it fits well for this course (460/560) - where students will go off in many directions after this course - some to graduate school  in physics (where having good visualizations and intuition of what works will help them when they tackle the math again at a deeper level) and for those going to interdisciplinary areas, they will have enough solid background to understand (and even calculate models) applicable to their fields.  We will be skipping through some specialized chapters in order to retain a more standard order, however, if you look at the book, it very clearly notes at the start of each chapter how it relates to chapters before.  If I given the Spring 2017 course Phys 461/561, I plan to continue on some of the skipped chapters,  (they are really interesting applicaitons!) as well as other books and notes to cover other traditional applications.

Background textbooks 

Pull your  your Phys III (intro modern physics, i.e., Phys 283) and Intro Modern Physics (i.e., Phys 383) textbooks out of storage!  Please see me for other suggestions and loaners of other helper textbooks at the level if necessary.

Additional textbooks at the upper level UG level (similar to this course) that have good material covered in different ways or problems for practice.

The following are very classic text often used for 2 semester UG quantum physics courses.
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, David J. Griffiths,  Pearson Prentice Hall;
Introductory Quantum Mechanics,  Richard Liboff,  Addison Wesley Publishing;
Quantum Mechanics: Concepts and Applications, Nouredine Zettili, Wiley Publishing

I have not seen the following - but just ran across it and was able to see the table of contents - has a broad and interesting selection of topics.
The Quantum Mechanics Solver: How to Apply Quantum Theory to Modern Physics,
Jean-Louis Basdevant and Jean Dalibard, Springer Press

The following is not a complete course at this level, but has a lot of similar materials and a lot of useful and interesting applications.
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics: in Chemistry, Materials Science, and Biology,
S. M. Blinder, Academic Press.

Note to Phys 560 students (graduate credit)

Phys 560 students will usually have extra required problems added into the homework, or some problems replaced by more sophisticated versions. Typically, one of their exam problem choices will be replaced  with a problem that requires a deeper level of understanding. I otherwise will use the same 'percentage' weighting  for final grade.

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Prof Carol Thompson,
Aug 22, 2016, 9:12 AM
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Prof Carol Thompson,
Aug 21, 2016, 3:49 PM