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PHYS 301
Quantum Physics Fall 2020
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning

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This course serves as a one-semester introduction to the formalism, and phenomenology of quantum mechanics. After a brief discussion of historical origins of the quantum theory, we introduce the Schrodinger wave equation, the concept of matter waves, and wave-packets. With this introduction as background, we will continue our discussion with a variety of one-dimensional problems such as the particle-in-a-box and the harmonic oscillator. We then extend this work to systems in two and three dimensions, including a detailed discussion of the structure of the hydrogen atom. Along the way we will develop connections between mathematical formalism and physical predictions of the theory. Finally, we conclude the course with a discussion of angular momentum and spins, with applications to atomic physics, entanglement, and quantum information.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; Phys 301 will be taught in a hybrid format, with in-person and remote elements. Remote options will be available for in-person components. Lecture will meet for 3 hours weekly, with synchronous elements wherever feasible (either in-person or via videoconference). Laboratories will meet for 2 hours weekly, with some additional individual preparation required, with laboratory groups being mixed between in-person and remote students.
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 2768
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly problem sets, laboratory reports / write-ups, a midterm exam, and final exam, all of which have a substantial quantitative component
Prerequisites: PHYS 202 and PHYS/MATH 210 or MATH 309
Distributions: Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
QFR Notes: Phys 301 relies heavily upon mathematics and quantitative reasoning in all elements, including problem sets, examinations, and laboratories.

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