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# Syllabus Physics 32300 General Syllabus

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS
Syllabus
Physics 32300
Quantum Mechanics for Engineers
Designation:
required for Physics majors in the Applied Physics Option Undergraduate
Catalog description:
Basic experiments, wave-particle duality, uncertainty; Wave functions and Schroedinger equation; 1-d problems (a) bound states: square well, harmonic oscillator, Kronig-Penny model (b) scattering from barriers, tunneling; QM formalism: Dirac notation, operators and eigenvalues, angular momentum;' Hydrogen atom; Perturbation theory (a) time independent - first order nondegenerate, level splitting (b) time dependent - Golden rule; Identical particles, spin and statistics; Quantum communication, Bell's theorem
3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
Prerequisites:
Prereq: Physics 20700 and 20800, Math 39100 and Math 39200
Textbook and other suggested material:
Scherrer, Quantum Mechanics (2006) (ISBN: 0-8053-8716-1), Pearson/Addison-Wesley
Course Objectives:
After successfully completing this course, students should be able to
1. Understand the nature of quantum mechanical states.
2. Solve 1-d barrier problems
3. Use the creation/annihilation operator formalism.
4. Understand the spectrum of hydrogenic atoms
5. Understand the distinction between boson and fermions.
6. Do simple perturbation calculations
7. Appreciate the significance of Bell’s theorem.
Topics Covered:
1. Historical basis of quantum mechanics
2. Wave functions, observables and operators
3. One-dimensional barrier and tunneling problems
4. QM principles in Dirac notation
5. Harmonic oscillator.
5. Angular momentum and the hydrogen atom.
6. Perturbation theory.
7. Identical particles – spin & statistics
8. Bell’s theorem, QM communication
Class schedule:
3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
Relationship of course to program outcomes:
The outcomes of this course contribute to the following departmental learning outcomes:
a. students will be able to synthesize and apply their knowledge of physics and mathematics to solve physics-related problems in a broad range of fields in classical and modern physics, including mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics and statistical physics, optics, quantum mechanics, and experimental physics.
c. students will be able to communicate their knowledge effectively and in a professional manner, in both oral and written forms.
h. students will have the background in physics needed to perform well in advanced courses in their own disciplines for which introductory physics courses are a prerequisite.
Assessment Tools
1. Attendance
2. Homework assignments
3. Results of quizzes
4. Lab reports (if applicable)
5. Class participation
6. Results of Final Exam
Person who prepared this description and date of preparation:
Joel Koplik