Winter 2022-2023

Department of Physics

Office: Disque 811

Email: vogeley@drexel.edu

Office hours: TBA

Animation of an excited state of Hydrogen, by Drexel student Glenn Winship.

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Course Description and Philosophy

Course Outline

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Textbook and Reading Assignments

Grading

Problem Sets

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Course Schedule

Course rules of conduct

This web page is merely the syllabus for the course. See the Blackboard Learn site for this course for details about assignments and exams.

I will post a password-protected link to Zoom on the Drexel Learn site, to be used for remote office hours or for lectures in the event that we cannot meet in person.

In this second quarter of our three part sequence on QM, we'll move on to three dimensional problems, and the QM description of the Hydrogen atom, from which you could first see how the QM formulation yields accurate predictions of the observed phenomena, and begin study of multi-particle systems and (if there's time) perturbation theory.

Here are the topics we'll cover in QM II

- Quantum Mechanics in Three Dimensions (Ch. 4)
- The Schroedinger Equation in Three Dimensions
- The Hydrogen Atom
- Angular Momentum
- Spin

- Identical Particles (Ch. 5)
- Two-Particle Systems
- Atoms
- Solids
- Quantum Statistical Mechanics

- Time-Independent Perturbation Theory (Ch. 7)
- Nondegenerate Perturbation Theory
- (maybe) Degenerate Perturbation Theory

- Solve for the eigenstates and energies of a single particle in three dimensions for the case of central potential.
- Understand the detailed structure of the wave function for Hydrogen and hydrogen-like atoms.
- Compute properties of systems including orbital angular momentum and spin, including magnetic moments.
- Solve for the eigenstates and energies of multiple particle systems such as occur in simple atoms and solids.
- Find most probable configurations and energies of many-particle, many-level systems using quantum statistical mechanics.
- Use knowledge of the eigenstates and energies of simple systems and approximation methods to solve for energies of perturbed systems.

See the course outline above for the chapters that correspond to the material covered in this course.

I will also hand out photocopies of selected passages from other QM texts, as necessary to supplement Griffiths.

Final Exam: 40%

Problem Sets: 30%

Midterm Exam: 25%

Class Participation: 5%

Final grades will be assigned following the usual correspondence between percentage scores and letters: 90-100 is A- to A+, 80-89 is B- to B+, etc. However, there may be a positive curve, which means that your letter grade could be higher than in the normal grading scheme (e.g., a 90 is at least an A-).

There will be eight problem sets. You will have a week to a week and a half to complete each. No late homework will be accepted. Please neatly and accurately write up your solutions to these problems; the notation of QM is quite compact in places and small differences in the equations can have large differences in meaning. I will hand out solutions to the problems on or shortly after their due dates, to give you feedback as quickly as possible.

You may discuss the homework with your classmates, but you and you alone are responsible for the work that you turn in. Please write up your own solutions to the problems. Breaches of this policy will result in homework scores being divided by the number of ``participants.'' Second offenses may result in failure (of the class).

You must give the full citation of any outside source that you employ in your solutions. Use of solutions to these problems from previous years or from other outside sources (including web pages that you find by googling for solutions to Griffiths) constitutes plagiarism and may result in failure (of the course).

Problem sets must be submitted using Blackboard Learn by the due date and time as a legible PDF file (leave extra time to make a single easily readable PDF of your work). Do not send by email. See the Blackboard Learn site for problem set assignments.

The midterm will be in class on Wednesday, February 15. This exam will be open book (textbook, your notes, my handouts, your problem sets, my solutions).

The final exam wil be during exam week (date and time TBA). Material on the final exam will be roughly 1/3 from the first half of the course, 2/3 from the second half. This exam will be half closed and half open book (textbook, your notes, my handouts, your problem sets, my solutions).

Week |
Class Dates |
Reading |
Homework |
Exams |

1 | January 9, 11 | 4.1 | ||

2 | January 18 (no class on 1/16) | 4.2, 4.3 | HW1 | |

3 | January 23, 25 | 4.4 | HW2 | |

4 | January 30, February 1 | 4.4 | HW3 | |

5 | February 6, 8 | 5.1 | HW4 | |

6 | February 13, 15 | 5.2 (and extra readings) | Midterm in class 2/15 | |

7 | February 20, 22 | 5.3 | HW5 | |

8 | February 27, March 1 | Extra reading (see Learn) | HW6 | |

9 | March 6, 8 | Extra reading (see Learn) | HW7 | |

10 | March 13, 15 | 7.1 | HW8 | |

11 | Exam Week | Final Exam TBA |

Most of this is common sense, but some folks need a gentle reminder. Meetings on Zoom are more relaxed in some respects, but stil require that we all adhere to some basic rules to stay focused.

Electronic distractions: Silence your cell phone. Turn off notifications on your phone and computer so that they don't pop up and distract you.

Plagiarism: Use your own very large brain (you're a physicist!) and
don't even think about cheating.
The usual University rules apply. By
stepping into the classroom, you agree to abide by Drexel's policy on
Academic Integrity (www.drexel.edu/provost/policies/academic-integrity/)

Students with disabilities requesting accomodation and services at Drexel University need to present a current accomodation letter (AVL) to faculty before accomodations can be made. This cannot be done retroactively. AVL's are issued by the Office of Disability Services (ODS). For additional information, contact ODS at www.drexel.edu/ods 3201 Arch St., Suite 210, 215-895-1401 (V), or 215-895-2299 (TTY).

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Drexel Student Code of Conduct (www.drexel.edu/studentlife/community_standards/code-of-conduct/)

Course Syllabus Change policy: Details of this syllabus are subject to
change at any time. Please pay attention to announcements during
class and email from the instructor. All changes will be announced in
writing by email sent to all registered students.

Last update: January 2, 2023