Intermediate QM (Rutgers Physics 417) Guide for Spring 2018
About the Course and the Instructor
Professor Sunil Somalwar will be in charge of the class. The class
will be held in SEC-207 on Mon/Wed 140-3pm. My
whereabouts are as follows. Office: Serin W312 on Busch,
Phone:848-445-8895, E-mail (preferred): Sunil.Somalwar@Rutgers.Edu I
do research in experimental particle physics at the CERN laboratory in
I follow open door policy, which means you do not have to make an
appointment to see me. However, you will generally not find me in my office
in the mornings because CERN is six hours ahead of us, so my mornings
are filled with meetings etc. To make an appointment, send me an email
with two or three choices of afternoon meeting times. After lectures
is also a good time to talk with me. There will be no office hour per
se given my open door policy, and because students prefer to see me on
their own schedule anyways. However, I can arrange an office hour if
you would like me to.
Please talk to me right away if you have not taken the correct prereqs or
feel unprepared in any way for this class.
Our textbook will be Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by
David J. Griffiths, 2nd Ed., (Pearson/Prentice Hall).
This course covers material that you need to be exposed to before
going to grad school. It seems that other places like Princeton take
two semesters to cover this material, but for whatever reasons, we
have only one semester to cover it. Bottomline, be prepared to be
drenched by a quantum firehose. That is why hearing from you is extremely
important for me. Your feedback (positive and negative) will allow us to
tune the course better. Talk to me after class, in my office,
by email, etc etc. You can also talk to our undergraduate director who
can transmit your feedback to me anonymously.
Homework, Exams and Grades etc
Homework assignments will be worth 30%, class exam 30% and the final
40%. Homework and exam details are on the main webpage for the
class. The course grades will be assigned on a relative basis, but the
class size is too small for the grades to be "curved". In practical
terms, it means that the grade boundaries will be adjusted after the
final exam to take into account the level of difficulty of the exams
etc. Do not panic if an exam happens to be difficult! I recall
taking an undergraduate class where A grade began around 57%.
Subjective factors such as your effort, attendance, participation
during discussions, and improvement during the term will also matter
for your final grade.
World Wide Web
Any updates, links to homeworks, exams and solutions, your scores,
grades etc etc can all be found at http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/ugrad/417
Please contact the physics undergraduate director Prof. Steve
Schnetzer or undergraduate program administrator Katherine Lam
(Office: 201W, Phone: 848-445-8763, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
for administrative help such as special permission.
Students with Disabilities & University student-wellness services
If you have a disability, you are urged to speak to me EARLY IN THE
SEMESTER to make the necessary arrangements to support a successful
learning experience. For further information about Rutgers
disability services, student-wellness services, honors policy,
laptop/cell-phone usage policy, and absence policy,
Physics 417 Home Page
This page is maintained by Sunil Somalwar.