Quantum Mechanics I
Physics 486



Tue/Thu 9:30-10:50

Wolfgang Pauli and Neils Bohr play with a tippe-top


Loomis 144


Prof. Doug Beck
401A Loomis
Office Hours:
Wednesdays 2:30-3:45


James Gloudemans  (Disc)
D0/D1 Loomis 158
Office hours: Monday, 3:00-4:00

Room 490 Loomis


Cristian Gaidau  (Disc)
D2/D3 Loomis 158
Office hours: Mondays 5:00-6:00

Room 458 Loomis


Xiaoyu Zhang (HW)
Office hours: Mondays 4:00-5:00

Room 468 MRL

Yujie Zhang (HW)
Office hours: Mondays 6:00-7:00

Room 322 Loomis


Introduction to quantum mechanics.  No detailed exposure to quantum phenomena is assumed; prerequisites are Phys. 214, Math 285 (diff. eq.) and credit or concurrent registration in Math 415 (lin. alg.). 
The focus will be on beginning to
1) appreciate quantum mechanical concepts, and 2) be able to solve quantum mechanics problems.

Course Material

We will use byteShelf; to get started just click on the link!
We will also have a peer-to-peer class forum using Piazza.  Discuss with your classmates, post your questions, explanations, points of interest, etc.




The course will comprise weekly homework (15%), final exam (25%), two midterm exams (15% each), pre-class reading and checkpoint questions (10%), discussion problems (10%) and class participation
(10%), recorded in the course gradebook.  The late homework policy is 20% reduction if submitted less than 2 weeks late and before the final course deadline, whichever is earlier.  There are bonus points (maximum 3%) for checkpoint questions answered correctly in class.  The (lower) grade boundaries will be A+ (97), A (94), A- (91), B+ (88), B (85), B- (82), C+ (78), C (74), C- (70), D+ (66), D (62), D- (58), F (54)


D. J. Griffiths, “Introduction to Quantum Mechanics”, 2nd edition (required).
We will use i>clickers (available at bookstores if you don’t have one)—please go to the gradebook to register your i>clicker before Sep. 15.


on reserve at the Grainger Library.  Books with * are among my favorites

530.12G875I2005   Griffiths, David J.;   Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 2nd Edition

*530.12B34L1973   Baym, Gordon;   Lectures on Quantum Mechanics

*530.12L231QES1977   Landau, Lev Davidovich;  Quantum Mechanics: Non-Relativistic Theory 3rd ed. (also on-line electronic resource)

530F438fv.3   Feynman, Richard;   Feynman Lectures on Physics v.3

530.12EI81Q1985   Eisberg/Resnick;   Quantum Physics: Of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles, 2nd Edition

511.8N554Q   Nielsen, Michael A.;   Quantum Computation and Quantum Information (also on-line electronic resource)

*530.12C66MEH v.1  Cohen/Tannoudji;   Quantum Mechanics, v.1

*530.12c66meh  v.2  Cohen-Tannoudji/Diu/Laloe; Quantum Mechanics, v.2

*530.12SH18P1994   Shankar, Ramamurti;   Principles of Quantum Mechanics, 2nd ed.

530.12T664m   Townsend, John;   Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics

530.12R219h   Razavy, Mohsen;   Heisenberg's Quantum Mechanics
(also on-line electronic resource)

530.12F418q2001   Ferry, David K.;   Quantum Mechanics: An Introduction for Device Physicists and Electrical Engineers, 2nd Edition (also on-line electronic resource)

NOT on reserve

*539.1 SCH3Q Schiff, Leonard Quantum Mechanics

*530.12 M55Q Merzbacher, Eugen Quantum Mechanics

*539.1 D62p1958 Dirac, Paul The Principles of Quantum Mechanics

*530.12 M56met1961 Messiah, Albert Quantum Mechanics v.1&2