Introductory Quantum Mechanics

Objective reality is an emergent phenomenon. -Scott Thomas

Physics 361
Fall 2014 Semester

Instructor: Prof. Amitabh Lath
email: lath -at-

Grader Wei Dai
email: daiwei -at-

This is the course website for Physics 361, Introductory Quantum Mechanics, for the Fall 2014 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
    Office Hours: 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 amazon,etc.
    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.
    There is no prior schedule for the quizzes. If you miss a lecture you will miss the quiz. There will be no makeup quizzes.
    I repeat: There will be no makeup quizzes.
    However, if you miss a quiz for any valid reason let me know and I will remove the missed quiz from the denominator when computing your final grade.

    Here is how the grading breaks down:
  • Homeworks: 10%
  • Quizzes: 20%
  • Midterm Exam: 30%
  • Final Exam: 40%
    Here is the Homework list .
    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 and/or computation. The quizzes will generally be of the easier sort.
    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.

    Online Gradebook
    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.