Physics 611/612 : Quantum Mechanics

Winter 2005 / Spring 2005
Instructor Prof. Ch. Elster
Office 242-C Clippinger
Class MWF, MWF, 10:10am - 11:00am, Clippinger 132A
Office hours by appointment as needed

Textbooks (optional):
Modern Quantum Mechanics , Revised Edition, J.J. Sakurai
Introductory Quantum Mechanics , R.L. Liboff, Addison-Wesley 2003

Additional References:
Quantum Mechanics I and II, A. Messiah (thorough and advanced, esp. Vol. II)
Quantum Mechanics I and II, Cohen-Tannoudji (verbose and detailed)
Quantum Mechanics, E. Merzbacher (classic)


Problem sets: 30%; Midterm Exam: 35%; Final Exam: 35%


Homework will be assigned once every week or once every two weeks, depending on the amount and length of the problems.

Course Content
  • Formal Quantum Mechanics in Hilbert Spaces
  • Bound States of Central Potentials
  • Angular Momentum and Rotational Invariance
  • Symmetries
  • Spin
  • Perturbation Theory
  • Potential Scattering
Additional Remarks
  • Lecture notes are available on-line. It is expected that students will review the relevant sections in the textbook or the additional references in conjunction with these notes.
  • Please arrange to obtain computer access either on helios, plato or the PC lab.

Mathematical References:

  • Mathematical Methods for Physicists, G.B. Arfken, H.J. Weber
  • Methods of Mathematical Physics, Vol. 1, Courant and Hilbert
  • Methods of Theoretical Physics, I and II, Morse and Feshbach

Lecture Notes:

Table of Contents:
Chapters 1, 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12

Homework 611

Homework 612

Charlotte Elster
Tue Jan 2 19:50:17 EST 2004