Introductory Quantum Mechanics
Objective reality is an emergent phenomenon.
Fall 2015 Semester
Instructor: Prof. Amitabh Lath
email: lath -at- physics.rutgers.edu
email: XXXXXX -at- rutgers.edu
This is the course website for Physics 361, Introductory Quantum Mechanics, for the Fall 2015 Semester.
There are prerequisites for this course:
Calculus 4, or equivalent.
Familiarity with differential equations, complex numbers, vector algebra.
Familiarity with classical mechanics and electrodynamics concepts (at the level of Physics 228 or 273)
Lecture: MW, 1:40 - 3pm in SEC-209
I will keep all of Friday open for students, since
I expect there will be questions that require more than the cannonical hour to address.
Please email me if you plan to come to office hours
I will let the class know if there are certain days I cannot be in my office.
However, since unavoidable emergencies do crop up, if you are planning to come by,
drop me an email. Of course, if Fridays are inconvenient, please let me know. We
can arrange another meeting time.
We will be using the text
Quantum Mechanics by Bruce Cameron Reed (Jones and Bartlett, 2008) is the required text book.
It is at the Rutgers Bookstore, and also at the publisher's website, as well as
Note that the famous Feynman Lectures on Physics are now available for free (!) from the Caltech website here .
Volume III is the one on Quantum Mechanics. Although the Feynman Lectures are not suitable as a textbook for this course, they are wonderful for independent study.
There is a syllabus
for this class. There will be weekly homework, occasional quizzes, a midterm exam
and a final exam. Please let me know as soon as possible if you cannot make either
the midterm or final exam.
The Midterm exam is scheduled for October 12. The Final exam schedule is not yet published.
There is no prior schedule for the quizzes. If you miss
a lecture you may miss a quiz.
There will be no makeup quizzes.
I repeat: There will be no makeup quizzes.
Homeworks are the main source of learning in this (and any other upper-division) class.
You are expected to do the homework on your own. Homeworks will be collected on the
due date listed, and no late homeworks will be accepted.
Please DO NOT EVER email me scanned homework.
Solutions will be posted after the due date in the solutions directory .
The homeworks will generally be problems from the textbook. Generally the first few problems
in a chapter are the easier or more conceptual ones, while the later ones require more thought
Here is the Homework list .
Quizzes and Exams
Quizzes will be simple 10 min problems at the end of class. We will
go over the solution in lecture on the board. In general I will not
post solutions for the quizzes on the web.
The Midterm exam will be in class, for the full lecture period. I will have a
review session before the midterm. I will post a previous year's exam for
practice when the time comes.
POLICY ON MISSED HOMEWORK AND QIZZES
There will be no makeup quizzes, nor will I accept any late homework.
I will drop two of your lowest quiz and homework grades, so mathematically
your grade will not suffer if you keep the missed quizzes and homeworks under
two. However you should realize that if you miss a homework you are still
responsible for the material.
Again, please DO NOT EVER email me scanned homework.
Here is how the grading breaks down:
Midterm Exam: 30%
Final Exam: 40%
There is an online
gradebook for this course. Please check this for exam grades, etc.
Students with Disabilities
Please consult me as early as possible if you have a disability
that might interfere with an optimal learning experience.
Also, please consult the
website on disabilities . The University has coordinators
for students with disabilities.