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Last updated 2015Apr15
The course meets on MWF from 1011am in Crow 205. Classes will start on Monday, January 12.
Instructor: 
Willem
Dickhoff Office: Compton 371; Phone: 54169; Email: wimd@wuphys.wustl.edu Office hours: Wednesday 34 & Thursday 12 and by appointment 
TA:  Kamal Pangeni Office: Compton 375; Phone: 56244; Email: kamalpangeni@go.wustl.edu Office hours: Thursday 121 and by appointment 
Course Textbook:  Quantum Mechanics: Fundamentals
(Springer; 2nd edition) (2004) by Gottfried and Yan,
ISBN13: 9780387220239 (softcover) Modern Quantum Mechanics (AddisonWesley; 2nd edition) (2011) by Sakurai and Napolitano, ISBN13: 9780805382914 (hardcover). We will cover an appropriate fraction of the material in these books during the Spring Semester. You are expected to have a copy of one of these books available at all times. Gottfried is a challenging but in the long term most rewarding textbook that is by far the very best available. Sakurai is much more user friendly. Weinberg's recent book is certainly worth paying attention to as well. 
Other useful books:  Additional books that you should consult once in a while in
the library are: Weinberg Messiah CohenTannoudji et al. Merzbacher Landau & Lifshitz Baym Dirac Abers (used in previous years by other colleagues) Griffiths (for review of undergraduate material) Dickhoff and Van Neck (for manyfermion and manyboson material) (all are on reserve in the physics library) 
The course is defined by the material discussed in the lectures and reviewed in the problem sets. A preliminary schedule is given below. It includes the covered material in the Gottfried book, the subject, date of class, and the homework schedule.
Lecture  Subject material  meeting date  Hwk  
#1  Chapter 3.5  Addition of angular momenta  1/12/2015  
#2 

continued  1/14/2015  
#3  Bell's inequality lite  1/16/2015  Problem Set 1  
NO CLASS  1/19/2015  
#4  Spincorrelation experiment; pp scattering  1/21/2015 
PRL_Sakai 

#5  Chapter 2.5(e)  Symmetries: parity  1/23/2015  Homework
due Set 1 Problem Set 2 
#6  Parity and angular momentum  1/26/2015  
#7  Is parity conserved?  1/28/2015  
#8  Chapter 7.1  General issues preparing for time reversal  1/30/2015  Homework
due Set 2 Problem Set 3 
#9  Chapter 7.2  Time reversal  2/2/2015  
#10  Time reversal and angular momentum  2/4/2015  
#11 
Kramer's degeneracy; CPT  2/6/2015  Homework
due Set 3 Problem Set 4 

#18  Solving the Schroedinger
equation on the computer for spherical symmetric problems 
2/9/2015  combined
with Phys 584 Numerical Problem Set 

#12  Chapter 7.4  Rotational symmetry  2/9/2015  
#13  Euler angles  2/11/2015  
#14  Chapter 7.5  Rotation matrices and spherical harmonics  2/13/2015  Homework
due Set 4 Problem Set 5 
#22  Solving the Schroedinger equation on the computer for spherical symmetric problems  2/16/2015  combined with Phys
584 

#15  Chapter 7.6  Tensor operators & WignerEckart theorem  2/16/2015  
#16  
Projection theorem & applications  2/18/2015  
#17  Scattering theory; pose the problem  2/20/2015  Homework
due Set 5 Problem Set 6 

#18  no class  2/23/2015  
#19  Scattering theory; wave packets  2/25/2015  Homework due Set 6  
#20  REVIEW  2/27/2015  
#21  MIDTERM  911 or 1012 Compton 241  3/2/2015  
#22  no class 
3/4/2015  
#23  no class 
3/8/2013  
SPRING BREAK  3/913/2013  
#24 
Chapter 8.1  Scattering theory; wave packets  3/16/2015  Numerical problem set due 
#25  Chapter 8.2  LippmannSchwinger equation  3/18/2015  
#26  Chapter 8.2 
Propagator and asymptotics  3/20/2015  Problem Set 7 
#27  Chapter 8.3  Approximations  3/23/2015  
#28  
Optical theorem & Born approximation  3/25/2015  
#29  Partial waves & phase shifts  3/27/2015  Homework
due Set 7 Numerical Problem Set 

#30  
Numerov method Square well example 
3/30/2015  
#31  Chapter 8.6  Lowenergy scattering and bound states  4/1/2015  Square
Well
figures 
#32  Chapter 8.7  Scattering of identical particles  4/3/2015  Slides
scattering Homework progress? Problem Set 8 
#33  Ch. 11.1 (Ch.1 DVN)  Identical particles  4/6/2015  IP1 slides 
#34  Ch. 11.2 (Ch.2 DVN) Ch.3 DVN 
Second quantization Fermions; Independent particle model 
4/8/2015  IP2
slides 
#35  Atoms  4/10/2015  IP3
slides Homework due Set 8 Problem Set 9 

#36  Nuclei, nuclear matter; isospin  4/13/2015  
#37  Chapter 4.34  Minimal coupling, Examples  4/15/2015  
#38  Chapter 10.1  Maxwell's equations, free fields  4/17/2015  HF_slides Homework due Set 9 EM1 slides Problem Set 10 
#39  Chapter 10.1  Photons; Photon emission  4/20/2015  ProjectHF ProjectCS 
#40  Chapter 10.1, 10.4  Lifetime  4/22/2015  EM2
slides 
#41  Absorption cross section; Photoelectric effect; Planck  4/24/2015  Homework due Set 10  
#23  Final class  1011 Compton 241  4/29/2015 or earlier  
Projects due date  5/1/2015  Numerical work due plus either ProjectHF or ProjectCS 
FORMAT OF COURSE:
COURSE GRADE:
 Three meetings per week in Crow 205
 Try to read appropriate material for each class (either review or preparatory).
 Class participation and presence is essential.
 Homework assignment approximately every week to be turned in a week later at the beginning of class. Homework to be graded and returned a week later.
 Most likely 10 homework sets for a total of ~30% of course grade
 Midterm exam for a total of ~30%
 Final exam for a total of ~40% possibly replaced by project plus numerical (scattering) homework
Homework:  Students are encouraged to form study groups and discuss the homework with each other, but each student must write his or her own solutions. You may be asked to discuss solution strategies of homework problems during class. 
Homework solutions 
During the evaluation period you can supply your evaluation of the course at the course evaluation website.