Physics 221A: Quantum mechanics. The dreams that stuff are made of.
(Updated) Course Outline: available as a PDF file.
|Instructor:||Martin White, 561-C Campbell Hall|
|GSI:||Peter Shepard, 281 LeConte|
and by appointment.
|Due Mon 8 Sep||Problem Set 1||Solution Set 1|
|Due Mon 15 Sep||Problem Set 2||Solution Set 2|
|Due Mon 22 Sep||Problem Set 3||Solution Set 3|
|Due Mon 29 Sep||Problem Set 4||Solution Set 4|
|Due Mon 6 Oct||Problem Set 5||Solution Set 5|
|Due Mon 13 Oct||Problem Set 6||Solution Set 6|
|Mon 20 Oct||Midterm exam|
|Due Mon 27 Oct||Problem Set 7||Solution Set 7|
|Due Mon 3 Nov||Problem Set 8||Solution Set 8|
|Due Wed 12 Nov||Problem Set 9||Solution Set 9|
|Due Mon 17 Nov||Problem Set 10||Solution Set 10|
|Due Mon 24 Nov||Problem Set 11||Solution Set 11|
|Due Wed 3 Dec||Problem Set 12||Solution Set 12|
Dirac delta function fact sheet as Postscript or PDF.
The bra-ket notation is treated in Chapter 3 of Griffiths or Chapters 9 and 10 of Merzbacher (3rd edition).
Notes on the derivation of the phase shift for the 1D finite potential step as Postscript or PDF.
Hermite polynomial fact sheet as Postscript or PDF.
You can find several good books on group theory and/or Lie algebras in physics. I would recommend
Notes on Sturm-Liouville theory as PDF.
Peter's notes on the standard model of particle physics as PDF.
Here are some web sites from other places who have course materials on the Web. I found the animations particularly useful for visualizing the time evolution of the wave packets.
Some animations of wavepacket evolution are here:
Spread of a free wavepacket:
Evolution of a harmonic oscillator:
Quantum bouncing ball:
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