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May 5, 2014

PHYS 334 Quantum Physics 2


Lecture: T Th 11:00-12:20 PHY 313
Tutorial (if needed): Th 4:30-5:20

Formalism of quantum mechanics. Operator approach to the harmonic oscillator. Quantum mechanics in
three dimensions: Hydrogen atom, angular momentum and spin. Time-independent perturbation theory.
Fine structure of hydrogen. Zeeman effect. Identical particles. The variational principle. Ground state of
the helium atom. Applications in atomic and molecular physics. [Offered: F,S]

Prereq: PHYS 234 or CHEM 256/356; MATH 228 or AMATH 250; MATH 227 or 237 or 247.
Antireq: AMATH 373

INSTRUCTOR: W-K. Liu, PHY 371, ext. 36280 wkliu@uwaterloo.ca

Text: David J. Griffiths, INTRODUCTION TO QUANTUM MECHANICS. (DG)
References: B.H. Bransden and C.J. Joachain, QUANTUM MECHANICS (2nd ed).



ASSESSMENT:

Final Grade = (50% Final Exam + 30% Midterm + 20% Homework) or (70% Final Exam + 10%
Midterm + 20% Homework), whichever is higher.

Homework assignments will be posted in LEARN, and are generally due in one week.

Wk Days Topics (tentative) DG
1 5/5-9 Back-of-the-envelope calculation. Interpretation of wave function. Time-dependent
and time-independent Schrdinger equation.
Ch 1
2 5/12-16 Free particles and wave packets. Postulates of QM. 2.4
3 5/19-23 Expectation values and operators, dynamical variables and operators. Eigenvalues
and eigenfunctions, probability amplitude, completeness and closure.
3.2-3.4
4 5/26-30 Dirac state vectors. Position and momentum representations. Commutators and
compactible observables, generalized uncertainty principle.
3.5-3.6
5 6/2-6 Operator approach to simple harmonic oscillator. Separation of varibles for the H-
atom.
2.3,
4.1
6 6/9-13 Angular momentum. Operator derivation of the spherical harmonics. 4.3
7 6/16-20 Radial equation for Coulomb potential. Non-degenerate perturbation theory.
(Midterm: Thursday June 19, 4:30-6:00 p.m.; tentative)
4.2,
6.1
8 6/23-27 Degenerate perturbation theory. Stark effect in hydrogen atom.

6.2
9 6/30-
7/4
Variational principle. He atom ground state. 7.1-7.2
10 7/7-11 Molecular hydrogen ion. Spin. 7.3,4.4
11 7/14-18 Spin-orbit coupling and fine structure of hydrogen atom. Zeeman effect. 6.3-6.4
12 7/21-25 2 spin-1/2. Identical particles. 5.1-2
13 7/29 Review
Midterm: Thursday June 19, 4:30-6:00 p.m. (tentative)

The course lecture plan and the schedule of due dates will be followed as closely as possible, but some
changes may occur. Any changes in assignment due dates or test dates will be discussed and announced in
class and posted on the course webpage. However, the grading scheme will remain the same.


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