Quantum Mechanics II
Physics 487



Tue/Thu 11:00-12:20

Paul Dirac (L) and Richard Feynman at a conference on relativity, Warsaw, 1962


Loomis 136


Prof. Doug Beck
401A Loomis
Office Hours:
Wed: 2:30-Colloquium


Julian May-Mann  (Disc)
D0/D1 Wed. Loomis 136
Office hours: Mon. 3-4 p.m. ESL 3rd floor commons (outside 3139)


Goten Cao (HW)

Yidong Chen (HW)
Office hours: Mon. 4-6 p.m.
ESL 3rd floor commons (outside 3139)


Quantum mechanics and time.  Prerequisite Phys. 486 or equivalent. 
We will introduce: 1) time-dependent perturbation theory, 2) path integrals, and 3) relativistic quantum mechanics.

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 (25%), final exam (25%), two midterm exams (10% 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)


R. Shankar, “Principles of 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 Feb. 15.


Just in case

Emergency resources


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

530.12T664m   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)

*530.12 Sa2m2011Sakurai, J. J. and Napolitano, J Modern Quantum Mechanics

*QC174.45 .S28 Sakurai, J. J Advanced Quantum Mechanics

*530.12 F43Q Feynman, R. P. and Hibbs, A. R. Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals

Gozzi, E, Cattaruzza, E and Pagani C Path Integrals for Pedestrians

530.12 K662p2004 Kleinert, H Path Integrals in Quantum Mechanics, Statistics, Polymer Physics, and Financial Markets

*530.12 B55R Bjorken, J. D. and Drell, S. D Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

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

510.2453 M42M1970 Mathews, J and Walker, R Mathematical Methods of Physics

*537.6 J13C1975 Jackson, J. D. Classical Electrodynamics

531 G57c1980 Goldstein, H Classical Mechanics

*QA805.L2832007 Landau, L. D. and Lifshitz E. M Mechanics

530.143 P437I Peskin, M. E. and Schroeder, D. V. An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory