2013-2015 Undergraduate Catalog

PHY 411 Quantum II

Introduction to physical concepts and mathematical formulations of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. Enables a detailed study of the Schrodinger Equation and its properties. The Schrodinger Equation is solved exactly for the particle in a square well potential, the simple harmonic oscillator, and the hydrogen atom. Both perturbation theory and variational calculation are developed as methods for handling more complicated systems. Spin is introduced as an ad hoc concept and the properties of simple magnetic systems studied. Heavy emphasis on applications to simple systems. Three periods lecture/week. Prerequisites: PHY 311, MAT 318, and MAT 322 (at least concurrently).