Course outline: Download here
Class timings: 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm, Tuesday and Thursday, 10-302.
Office hours: 3:00 to 4:30 pm, Tuesday and Thursday.
TA office hours:
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesdays (Minahil Adil Butt)
04:30 p.m. to 05:30 p.m. on Fridays (Irfan Javed)
As to the venue for the TA office hours, it would be the conference room in the physics department both on Tuesdays and on Fridays.
Welcome by Irfan Javed:
Welcome to Quantum Mechanics I! With that greeting, I take you from the world of the very large to that of the very small, where classical mechanics, or “common sense,” simply does not apply. This course is designed to make you learn and appreciate the beauty, the elegance, and the power of quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics is powerful because it has the capacity to explain a lot of nature (all the way from the low level of atoms to the high echelon of stars), and it is elegant because it has a well founded base in mathematics.
Over the course of the semester, not only would you get equipped with the tools to do quantum mechanics, but you also would develop the chutzpah to zip through problems in it yourself, and as teaching assistants for the course, Minahil and I would work closely with Dr. Sabieh to realize these goals.
Quizzes 20% (4 to 5)
Homeworks: 20% (8 to 10)
Final Exam 35%
|Lectures 1-5||Quantum States|
- The notion of a state in quantum mechanics is fundamentally different from its classical counterpart.
- Embracing everything one could know about a physical system, a quantum state is represented by a normalized ket.
- Whereas a quantum state cannot be used to predict the result of a measurement, it does allow one to calculate the probabilities of possible outcomes.
- Apparently simplistic, two-level systems offer deep insights into the nature of quantum states.
- The archetype of a two-level system is provided by the Stern-Gerlach experiment.