PHGN 520: Quantum Mechanics (SPRING 2012)

Prof. Zhigang Wu
Office: 443 Meyer Hall
Phone: (303) 2733068

Lecture Location and Time
363 Meyer Hall, Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays @ 02:00-02:50 PM

Office Hours
  • Mondays @ 3:00-4:00 PM
  • Wednesdays @ 4:00-5:00 PM
  • You need to make an appointment for other time slots.

    Teaching Assistant
    Rahman Rezwanur (347 Meyer Hall,

  • Syllabus
    Here you can find the lecture schedule, handouts, assignments, solutions, etc.

    Schroedinger equation, uncertainty, change of representation, one-dimensional problems, axioms for state vectors and operators, matrix mechanics, uncertainty relations, time-independent perturbation theory, time-dependent perturbations, harmonic oscillator, angular momentum; semiclassical methods, variational methods, two-level system, sudden and adiabatic changes, applications.

  • PHGN 511: Mathematical Physics
  • PHGN 320: Quantum Mechanics

  • Homework Assignments
  • Homework will be assigned on each Friday (except for the weeks of test) and due on the next Friday during the class.
  • Late due homework will get zero point unless you get my permission before the due date.
  • Your lowest homework score will be dropped.
  • Clear and detailed derivations are crucial to get good scores.

    Three exams will be scheduled: two mid-terms and one final, and all of them are closed book.

    Homework (30%) + Midterm Exams (2 × 20% = 40%) + Final Exam (30%)
    A: 90-100%, B: 80-89%, C: 70-79%, D: 60-69%, F: 0-59%

    Honor Code
    Homework assignments have to be done INDEPENDENTLY. Group discussions are encouraged but you still need to finish the problems by yourself, and report it in your notes. If you use any materials form books other than the textbook, papers, online resources, please also report in your notes. No deduction will be made if you report; otherwise I treat it as an academic integrity violation.

    Error in Grading
    The complaint of grading error in homework should be returned to TA. If you and the TA cannot make a consensus, you need to put it in writing and return it together with your original assignment to the instructor, and the instructor will review it. For the grading error in exams, you should argue with the instructor directly.

  • Textbook
    Quantum Mechanics with Basic Field Theory, by B. R. Desai, Cambridge University Press, 2009.

    Useful Reference Books
  • Modern Quantum Mechanics, by J. J. Sakurai and J. J. Napolitano, Addison Wesley, 2nd Edition, 2010.
  • Principles of Quantum Mechanics, by R. Shankar, Springer, 2nd Edition, 1994.
  • Quantum Mechanics, by L. D. Landau and L. M. Lifshiz, Butterworth-Heinemann, 3rd Edition, 1981.
  • Quantum Mechanics in a Nutshell, by G. D. Mahan, Princeton University Press, 2008.