- Outline
Second course in quantum mechanics for students with a good background

in wave mechanics and atomic and molecular structure. operators, state

vectors, and the formal structure of quantum theory; operator treatments

of simple systems; angular momentum and vector addition coefficients;

stationary state perturbation theory; introduction to scattering theory for

particles without spin, partial wave analysis, and Born approximation;

examples taken from atomic, nuclear and elementary particle physics.

- Prequisite
Senior-level atomic physics and quantum mechanics.

- Textbook
Typeset notes covering most of the material will be be available as .pdf files on this web site.

As a textbook covering the material of Physics 480, but not of Physics 481, we suggest

R. Shankar

"Principles of Quantum Mechanics, 2nd Ed."

This book covers well the basics of quantum mechanics as well as the mathematical methods used.

Several other books are also recommended (see textbooks).

- Exams
There will be a midterm as well as a final exam.

- Problem Sets
Problems will be assigned every week. Each problem is due the following week. Solutions handed in late cannot be graded.

Please staple your homework pages together when handing them in to the graders.

The homework sets are to be placed into a drop box labelled Physics 480 located near the Loomis-MRL interpass.

The homework is a key part of the course. One can learn Quantum Mechanics only by doing. This is, of course, true for any area of Physics, but particularly so for Quantum Mechanics.

- Grading
Your grade for this course will be based on your homework (50%), the midterm exam (20%) and the final exam (30%) - percentages are approximate.