* Syllabus: *

The reading
assignments in the table below are primarily from our textbook "Quantum Mechanics"
by Bruce Cameron Reed (Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Copyright
2008), unless "E&R" is indicated then the reading material is from
"Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles" by R. Eisberg and R. Resnick (John Wiley and Sons, 2nd Edition), Chapters 8-10.
You are encouraged to complete the reading assignment for
each lecture *before* the lecture takes place.

*Please note that the schedule below is a general outline and may change during the course of the semeter.
This webpage will be updated to reflect any changes.*

Slides from the lecture notes will be uploaded after each lecture is given.

WEEK | DATES | LECTURE TOPICS | READING |
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1 | Wed Sep 6 | Introduction/Thermal Radiation | 1.1-1.2 |

2 | Mon Sep 11 Wed Sep 13 |
Rutherford-Bohr Atom and deBroglie Matter-Waves Schrodinger's Equation I |
1.2-1.4 2.1-2.2 |

3 | Mon Sep 18 Wed Sep 20 |
Schrodinger's Equation II Potential Wells I |
2.3-2.4 3.1-3.2 |

4 | Mon Sep 25 Wed Sep 27 |
Potential Wells II Potential Barriers and Scattering |
3.3-3.6 3.7-3.10 |

5 | Mon Oct 2 Wed Oct 4 |
Operators and Expectation Values The Uncertainty Principle |
4.1-4.2 4.3-4.9 |

6 | Mon Oct 9 Wed Oct 11 |
The Harmonic Oscillator I The Harmonic Oscillator II |
5.1-5.3 5.4-5.6 |

7 | Mon Oct 16 Wed Oct 18 |
Schrodinger's Equation in 3D Angular Momentum Operators |
6.1-6.3 6.4-6.5 |

8 | Mon Oct 23 Wed Oct 25 |
Review for Midterm Exam Midterm Exam (**Chapters 1-5**) During regular class time in room SEC 111 (note change in room!) |
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9 | Mon Oct 30 Wed Nov 1 |
Infinite and Finite Spherical Well The Coulomb Potential |
7.1-7.3 7.4 |

10 | Mon Nov 6 Wed Nov 8 |
Hydrogen Atom Probability Distributions Angular Momentum Raising and Lowering Operators |
7.5-7.7 8.1 |

11 | Mon Nov 13 Wed Nov 15 |
Quantized Angular Momentum and Spin Hydrogen Fine Structure/Zeeman Effect |
8.2-8.3 E&R |

12 | Mon Nov 20 Wed Nov 22 (Friday Classes!) |
Pauli Exclusion Principle Happy Thanksgiving! |
8.4 --- |

13 | Mon Nov 27 Wed Nov 29 |
Multi-electron Atoms Approximation Methods I |
E&R 9.1 |

14 | Mon Dec 4 Wed Dec 6 |
Approximation Methods II Numerical Solution of Schrodinger's Equation |
9.2-9.4 10.1-10.2 |

15 | Mon Dec 11 Wed Dec 13 |
Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics/GRE problems Review for Final Exam |
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-- | Wed Dec 20 | Final Exam Wed. Dec 20th 8-11am room SEC 118 |
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