Physics 207 2011
Contents |
Basic Information
Meeting Time and Location
Meeting times: MWF 10:00-10:50AM
Location: Pfahler Hall, Room 013
Contact
Instructor: Prof. Thomas Carroll
Office: Pfahler 101E
Office Hours
See my full schedule
Text
Textbook: Quantum Physics: A Fundamental Approach to Modern Physics by John S. Townsend University Science Books |
Homework
Homework is due every Wednesday at class time. It will be returned at the start of the next class. Each problem is graded using the following scheme:
- 5: good effort with correct results and reasoning
- 4: good effort with minor errors or a fair effort with no conceptual or math errors
- 3: good effort with modest conceptual errors and/or math errors or a fair effort with minor errors
- 2: fair effort involving modest conceptual errors or a good effort involving serious conceptual errors
- 1: poor effort
- 0: no initial effort
A good effort involves at least some English explanation and/or use of appropriate diagrams along with calculations and/or some recognition of an implausible result. If you cannot solve a problem after a reasonable effort you should at least indicate in words what information appears to be missing, and/or where and why you are stumped. Be sure to write something for every part of a problem. You will earn a maximum of 2 points if you do the wrong problem.
Solutions will be posted on the Blackboard site for the class when the graded problems are returned. You may consult the solutions and correct your errors to earn up to 2 points back on each problem.
The problems from the textbook are challenging. Here are some tips for working on the problem sets:
- Read the problems as early as you can; this will give you time to think about them.
- Work on the problems independently first.
- When you're ready, work in a group.
- Finally, make sure that you can write up the solution independently, without asking for assistance.
There are also a few "workshops" that we will work on using Mathematica during class in small groups. When the time comes, I'll help you to install Mathematica on your laptops. The workshops will count as part of your homework grade.
Late Homework
Once the solutions are posted, late homework will not be accepted. Before that time, late homework will be accepted at a 50% penalty unless prior arrangements are made.
Dropped Homework Grades
The lowest homework grade is automatically dropped. If at least 90% of the class completes the SPTQ at the end of the semester, the two lowest homework grades will be dropped.
Reading Assignments
There is a reading assignment nearly every day. It is of the utmost importance that you keep up with the reading. The lectures will not explain every detail of every topic covered in the text; rather, they will expand on the text and help you learn how to solve problems. The reading assignments are generally short and the time you put into them will make you much better at working on the problem sets. Here are some tips for reading the textbook:
- Don't skim over equations! Read them carefully and make sure that you understand all of the terms.
- If a derivation skips a few steps, fill them in--right there in your textbook.
- Work out the example problems; one of the strengths of this text is that there are many examples.
Course Schedule
Exams/Quizzes
There are three exams and three quizzes in this course. There is no cumulative final exam.
- Quiz 1 (Ch 1, Ch 2: 2.1-2.6), 2/3
- Exam 1 (Ch. 1-3), 2/22
- Quiz 2 (Ch. 4), 3/17
- Exam 2 (Ch. 4-6), 4/5
- Quiz 3 (Ch. 7), 4/19
- Exam 3 (Ch. 7-10), Final Exam Day
Exams 1 and 2 are two hour exams. You must take the exam during a two-hour block of time on the exam day between 8am and 5pm. You will have three hours for Exam 3.
The quizzes will be 15-20 minutes each and consist primarily of multiple choice questions
Lectures
January
The lecture schedule is as follows, with reading assignments:
Date | Topic | Reading Assignment | Problem Set |
1/18 | Review of Interference and Diffraction, the Photoelectric Effect | Ch 1.1-1.3 | |
1/20 | Compton Scattering, Probability, Single Photon Interference | Ch 1.4-1.6 | |
1/25 | Interference and Probability | Problem Set 1 due: Ch 1: 1, 7, 9, 10, 12, 15, 18, 19 | |
1/27 | The Schroedinger Equation and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle | Ch 2.1-2.6 |
February
Date | Topic | Reading Assignment | Problem Set |
2/1 | Expectation Values | Ch 2.8-2.10 | Problem Set 2 due: Ch 1: 24, 26, 27, 45; Ch. 2: 2, 5, 7 |
2/3 | Separation of variables, Particle in box | Ch. 3.1-3.2 | Quiz #1 - Ch 1, Ch 2: 2.1-2.6 |
2/8 | Time Dependence, Statistical Interpretation of QM | Ch. 3.3 | Problem Set 3 due: Ch. 2: 15, 16, 20, 22, 35 |
2/10 | Eigenvalues and Eigenfunctions | Ch. 3.4 | |
2/15 | Infinite Square Well Workshop | Problem Set 4 due: Ch. 3: 1, 3, 6, 7, 9 | |
2/17 | Finite Square Well and Wave Functions | Ch. 4.1-4.2 | |
2/22 | Exam #1: Chapters 1-3 | ||
2/24 | Simple Harmonic Oscillator, Tunneling | Ch. 4.3-4.5 |
March
Date | Topic | Reading Assignment | Problem Set |
3/1 | Simple Harmonic Oscillator Workshop | Problem Set 5 due: Ch. 4: 2, 4, 5, 8, 17 | |
3/3 | Dirac Delta Function, Scattering | 4.6-4.7 | |
3/15 | The Parity Operator and Commutation | Ch. 5.1-5.4 | Problem Set 6 due: Ch. 4: 12, 16, 18, 30 |
3/17 | Commutation and Uncertainty | Ch. 5.5-5.7 | Quiz #2: Ch. 4 |
3/22 | Schrodinger in Three Dimensions and Hydrogen | Ch. 6.1-6.4 | Problem Set 7 due: Ch. 5: 2, 4, 11 |
3/24 | Spin | Ch. 6.5, Spherical Harmonics in Mathematica | |
3/29 | Spin and Multiparticle Systems | Ch. 7.1-7.2 | Problem Set 8 due: Ch. 6: 6, 14, 15, 26 |
3/31 | Quantum Statistics | Ch. 7.4-7.5 |
April
Date | Topic | Reading Assignment | Problem Set |
4/5 | Exam #2: Ch. 4-6 | ||
4/7 | Cavity Radiation | Finish Ch. 7 | |
4/12 | Ch 7 problems | ||
4/14 | Band Structure | Ch. 8.1 | Problem Set 9 due: Ch. 7: 3, 6, 16, 18, 24 |
4/19 | Electrical Properties of Solids | Finish Ch. 8 | Quiz #3: Ch. 7 |
4/21 | Curve of Binding Energy, Radioactivity | Ch. 9.1-9.3 | Problem Set 10 due: Ch.8: 1, 3, 5 |
4/26 | Nuclear Fission and Fusion | Finish Ch. 9 | |
4/28 | Ch. 10 | Problem Set 11 due: Ch. 9: 1, 4, 5, 16, 21 | |
5/12 | Extra Credit Problems due: Ch. 10: 1, 3, 4, 8, 13, 14 | ||
5/12 | Exam #3: Ch. 7-9 | 9am - 12pm |
Grading
Your grade will consist of three parts:
- 3 Exams - 60%
- 3 Quizzes - 15%
- Homework - 25%