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Quantum Mechanics I

Fall Semester, 2017
PY 781

C.-R. Ji, Rm# RD 400C, Phone 515-3478, Email
Office hours; T.H. 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
TA; Bailing Ma (Email

Class meets: T.H. 10:15 - 11:30 a.m., Rm# RD 314


Course description:
PY 781 is the first semester of the intermediate course (two semesters) in quan-
tum mechanics at the graduate level. This course is an essential preparation
for advanced works in physics. By taking this course, the students are expected
not only to develope a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles
of quantum mechanics but also to build up a strong ability to solve in detail
specific problems of primary importance in physics. Fundamental concepts and
formulations including interpretation and techniques are introduced and the
applications to simple physical systems such as the free particle and the har-
monic oscillator problems are presented. The theory of angular momentum is
thoroughly reviewed and the newer developments such as Feynman path inte-
gral, Aharonov-Bohm effect and Bell’s inequality are discussed. Because the
lectures do not simply recapitulate the textbook but make the class interactive,
it is essential to attend every full-lecture and participate in the discussion. The
students are expected to come prepared not just to transcribe but to think and

Prerequisite: Advanced Calculus II(MA 512);
Quantum Mechanics(PY401),Mechanics(PY411) or Electromagnetism(PY414)

Textbook: Jun John Sakurai Modern Quantum Mechanics,
Second Edition; Jim Napolitano, editor.
Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1994
Pearson Education, Inc., 2011

Grading: Emphasis of the course will be on solving problems:
30% homework problems,
20% x 2 midterm exams,
30% final exam.
The final credits will be given based on +/- schemes.


Due by Sep.Due by Oct.19(H) : Propagators in Wave Mechanics Oct.17(H) : Fundamental Concepts of Quantum Mechanics Aug. 5(H) : No Class (Fall Break) Oct. Kets and Operators HW#1. Sep.29(T) : Measurements and Observables HW#2.12(T) : No Class (Study Day.14(H) : No Class (Study Day.23(H) : No Class (Thanksgiving Break) Nov.10(T) : Simple Harmonic Oscillator HW#5. 7(H) : FINAL EXAM.12 Sep.31(T) : Ahronov-Bohm Effect Nov.17 Oct.Due by Oct.30(H) : Spin Correlations and Bell’s Inequality Dec. 2(H) : 2’nd Midterm Exam. 2 .2017) Aug.26(T) : Schrödinger Equation Sep. 5(T) : Fundamental Dynamical Variables.Due by Aug.29 Aug.17(T) Further Discussion on Simple Harmonic Oscillator HW#6. Position and Momentum HW#3. HW#2 Review) Sep. HW#3 Review) Sep.21(H) : 1’st Midterm Exam.16(H) : Angular Momentum Operators and Eigenvalues HW#8.24(H) : Matrix Representations Aug.Due by Oct.Due by Sep. 9(H) : Pauli’s Two-Component Formalism HW#7. 7(T) : Rotation and Angular Momentum Nov.14(T) : SO(3) and SU(2) Nov.24(T) : Feynman’s Path Integral Formulation Oct..19(T) : No Class (Study Day.22(T) : Bras.10 Oct.5 Aug.Due by Nov.m.28 Nov. Tentative Course Schedule(Fall.21(T) : Representation of Rotation and Spherical Harmonics Nov.31(H) : Change of Basis and Eigenvalue Problem Sep. 7(H) : Wavefunctions in Position and Momentum Space Sep.12(H) : Time Dependent versus Independent Wave Equations Oct. HW#1 Review) Sep. 3(T) : Heisenberg Equation Oct.16 Nov.11:00 a.26(H) : Gauge Transformations in Electromagnetism Oct.24 Oct. Nov.8:00 .28(H) : Correlation Amplitude and Energy-Time Uncertainty HW#4.Due by Nov.28(T) : Angular Momentum Addition Nov.