Spring 2019 Syllabus Physics 32300 M

Physics 32300M Quantum Mechanics for Electrical Engineers Spring 2019
Instructor: Carlos A. Meriles
CDI 12378, cmeriles@ccny.cuny.edu
Office hours: Thursdays 3 to 5 pm
Course Schedule Tu, Th 11 to 12:15 in MS408
Prerequisites: Phys 207-8, Math 391-2
Grades based on: Class participation – 10%
2 midterms – 15% each
Weekly quizzes – 30% each
Final exam – 30%
Midterm One: Mar 5
Midterm Two: Apr 9
Course outline:
1. Basic observations, problems with classical physics
2. Waves and the Schrödinger equation
3. One-dimensional problems: potential wells, barriers, tunneling
4. Quantum formalism, Dirac notation
5. Operator methods and the harmonic oscillator
6. Angular momentum and the hydrogen atom
7. Two-level systems
8. Perturbation theory
9. Identical particles, spin and statistics
10. Bell’s theorem, quantum communication
Textbook: Quantum Mechanics by Robert Scherrer (Pearson/ Addison Wesley, 2006)
Other books
• J. Taylor, C. Zafiratos and M.A. Dubson, Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers
(Benjamin-Cummins, 2003) – more elementary
• A.P. French and E.F. Taylor, An introduction to Quantum Physics (Norton, 1978) –
similar level, more coverage of fewer topics
• D.J. Griffiths, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Benjamin-Cummins, 2004) – slightly
more advanced theoretical treatment
• D. Park, Introduction to the Quantum Theory (McGraw-Hill, 1992) – slightly more
advanced, broader coverage.
• R. Shankar, Principles of Quantum Mechanics (Springer, 1994) – popular advanced
book.