Winter 2012

Course Information


Quantum Mechanics is a course about the applications of quantum mechanics to modern problems in physics. Every effort will be made to stress the concepts, implications and applications, but the language of quantum mechanics is mathematics, so you must have completed MTH251-6 and MTH341. You are expected to be familiar with the material covered in Paradigms 4, 5, and 6 that relates to quantum systems. There is also some material in Paradigm 7 that would be good to review. The general philosophy is to ask as many questions as possible, and be an active participant in classes; it's more fun for all of us that way! I expect you to have read the assigned material before class. I do not intend to repeat detailed derivations in the text, but you are still required to understand them. Read widely - other texts present the same material in a different way and also give other examples.

Lecture times: MWF 12:00 - 12:50 in WGR 304

Course Work:
Office Hours:

David McIntyre

Weniger 463

MF 11-12, W 10:30-11:30

Course Evaluation:

PH451: Final exam: 45%. Midterm exam 30%. Homework 25%.
PH551: Final exam: 35%. Midterm exam 20%. Homework 25% Paper 20%
FINAL: Wednesday, March 21, 12:00 pm, Weniger 304

PH551 Paper

A short paper on a topic of your choosing is required. It should include a brief introduction, a calculation, and some comment on why the calculation is useful or interesting. It can be an extension of some problem assigned in the text or the resources, and should be handed in and presented as a 10-minute talk on the final day of class. A topic should be proposed in writing by February 10. The level of effort expected is approximately equivalent to 1-2 week's homework. Some guidelines should help avoid pitfalls. If any member of the PH451 class is interested in this option, please talk to me.

Students with Special Needs:
Students with documented disabilities who may need accomodations, who have any emergency medical information which the instructor should know of, or who need special arrangements in the event of evacuation, should make an appointment with the instructor as early as possible, no later than the first week of the term.

Academic Integrity:
All students are expected to uphold the highest standards of honesty and integrity in their academic work. Any incidence of academic dishonesty will be dealt with in accordance with OSU policies. Further info is available on OSU websites: Explanation of academic dishonesty and Expectations for student conduct.

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Last Update: 1/9/12

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