Fall 2019 - PHYS 385 D100

Quantum Mechanics I (3)

Class Number: 1222

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    BLU 10921, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 4, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 3153, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    MATH 252 or 254; PHYS 285 or ENSC 380 or CHEM 260, with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: PHYS 211; MATH 310.



Wave mechanics and the Schroedinger equation, the harmonic oscillator, introduction to Dirac notation, angular momentum and spin, the hydrogen atom, atomic structure, time-independent perturbation theory, atomic spectra, and applications. Quantitative.



1) Stern-Gerlach experiment and the spin of electron
2) Rotations and matrix mechanics: operators, eigenvalues, eigenstates
3) Angular Momentum and the uncertainty relations
4) Time evolution and the Schroedinger equation
5) Two spin-1/2 particles
6) Wave mechanics in one dimension: coordinate and momentum basis
7) Particle in a box
8) Harmonic oscillator
9) Wave mechanics in three dimensions: hydrogen atom
10) Orbital angular momentum
11) Time-independent perturbation theory
12) Identical particles


  • Homework 30%
  • Midterm 20%
  • Final Exam 50%



Required book:
"A modern approach to quantum mechanics"
John. S. Townsend

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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