INTRODUCTION TO QUANTUM MECHANICS
LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE COURSE UNIT
The Student learns the foundations of QM and must develop some skill in problem solving
Classical Mechanics and Electrodynamics
COURSE CONTENTS SUMMARY
An Introduction to concepts and methods of Quantum Mechanics
Landau-Lifshitz, Quantum Mechanics
ASSESSMENT METHODS AND CRITERIA
Final written and oral examination
Academic lectures and class activity
The main emphasis is on wave mechanics, but some hints to Dirac's formulation and to Feynman's is provided.
Resumé of classical mechanics. Wave-particle duality. Variational principles of Fermat and Maupertuis. De Broglie waves. Schroedinger equation and its solution in elementary models. The Hydrogen atom. Spherical Harmonics. Quantum angular momentum. Approximation techniques: perturbation theory, variational method, WKB approximation. Particle diffusion by a stationary potential, Born series.