Duration: 21 weeks.
Number of lectures per week: 3
Assessment: Weekly problems
End-of-year Examination: One 3-hour examination
Description: The course begins with a survey of the foundations of quantum mechanics, using Dirac notation. It then proceeds to illustrative solutions of Schrödinger's equation, including bound-state problems, periodic potentials and scattering theory. This is followed by a study of symmetries, including displacements in time, spatial translations, rotations and angular momentum, reflections in space, and time reversal. Following this, stationary state and time-dependent perturbation theory are developed. Time permitting, Feynman's path-integral formulation of quantum mechanics will be discussed.
Objectives: The course aims to present the principles of quantum mechanics and to apply them to the physical world with the aid of weekly problem sets.
Textbooks: E. Merzbacher, Quantum Mechanics 3rd Edition, recommended among others.
Nov 8, 2000