Quantum Mechanics PHYS 610

Spring 2015

Schedule Number 22524


Class Days: M W

Class Times: 4:00 - 5:15 pm

Class Location: P-149

Course Overview

Professor: Calvin Johnson

Contact Information:

Office Hours Days: M Tu W Th

Office Hours Times (and by appointment): MW 3-4 pm

Office Hours Location: P-135

TuTh 11-12

Description from the Official Course Catalog: Physical and mathematical basis of quantum mechanics. Wave mechanics and the

Schroedinger Equation, matricies and Hilbert space, angular momentum and spin, atomic structure, bound-state perturbation theory, many particle systems, transition rates and time-dependent perturbation theory, scattering, and relativistic quantum mechanics.

Student Learning Outcomes: Students will master: linear algebra; fundamental postulates of quantum mechanics; quantum mechanics in one-dimension; quantum mechanics in three-dimensions; spin-1/2 systems; the variational principle and applications; other topics in quantum mechanics such as perturbation theory.

 Relation to Other Courses: preparation for graduate research

Enrollment Information

Please include information about enrollment for the course including, but not limited to:

Prerequisites: PHYS 410 or equivalent

Adding/Dropping Procedures: Standard SDSU procedures

Course Materials

Required Materials: Principles of Quantum Mechanics, 2 nd Ed., R. Shankar

Course Structure and Conduct

 Style of the Course : Traditional Lecture

Individual and Group Activities Required: individual homework, exams, final exam

 Technology Utilized in the Course : online notes available at

Course Assessment and Grading

 Tentative dates for exams are Wednesday, March 25, 2015 and Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The final exam is

Monday, May 11, 2015, 3:30 - 5:30 pm in P-149.

 Scored activities and weighting by percentage of total score: Homework 30%; 2 in-class tests 40% (20% each); Final exam 30%

 Grading Scale: 90%= A, 87%=A-, 83%=B+, 80%= B, 77%=B-, 73%=C+, 70%=C, 67% C- , 63%=D+, 60%=D, 57%=D-,


Excused Absence Make-up Policies: Be sure to contact instructor as far as in advance if possible if you are going to miss an exam.

Other Course Policies

All exams are closed book, closed notes, no calculators. I will provide a short table of complicated integrals you might need.

 You may work together for homework, but avoid copying answers; you won't really understand it and your colleague might be wrong.

Is it critical to show your work! Both in homework and on exams. If you don't show your work, you risk getting NO

credit even if the answer is “correct.”

 Late homework will be docked 50%, and after I have handed out solutions, no homework will be accepted.