PH 401
WINTER 2000-01

TEXT:Ohanian, Principles of Quantum Mechanics, supplemented.

INSTRUCTOR: Dr.Cecilia Vogel               Office: 201 Swenson, 794-3404
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            Office hours: Monday 1:30-2:30,Tuesday 2:30-3:00, Friday 11:15-12:15, by appointment.

Homework & Discussion   20% 
4 exams (20% each)   80% 
Total  100% 


  1. Homework to be graded should be turned in to me in person, or to my mailbox, by 4:00 pm on the due date. You may hand in homework up until the beginning of the next class period for 80% credit. Homework will not be accepted after graded homework has been returned.
  2. Show all work and justify all answers on homework and exams. Be prepared to discuss lead-in questions at the beginning of each class.
  3. Attendance is required on all days on which examinations are scheduled. If you have a conflict with a school-related event which you must attend (for example, intercollegiate sports, field trips), you may take the exam early. You must make arrangements with me before the scheduled exam date. Attendance is highly recommended on all class days, as the book will be supplemented by lectures and handouts.
  4. Prerequisites: PH201-203, 301.
  5. Quantum basic topics to be covered: (subject to change) the Schroedinger equation, wave packets, operators, infinite and finite square wells, barrier penetration and tunneling, eigenvectors, eigenvalues, uncertainty relations, Hamiltonian, time evolution, conservation laws, harmonic oscillator, angular momentum, spin, exclusion principle, Fermi statistics.
We will also cover various applications of the basics topics, which may include: alpha decay, atomic energy levels, molecular oscillations, lasers, conductors, semiconductors, quantum computer, heat capacity, antenna, NMR/MRI, etc. Please let me know soon if you have specific topics you want to learn more about - from this list or otherwise. Tentative exam schedule:

Exam #1, covering chapters 1-3, Dec 13

Exam #2, covering chapters 4-6, Jan 12

Exam #3, covering chapters 7-9, Jan 31

Exam #4, covering chapters 10-12,