Spring 2021 - PHYS 415 D100

Quantum Mechanics II (3)

Class Number: 1696

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 27, 2021
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 385; PHYS 384 or both MATH 314 and MATH 419; all with a minimum grade of C-.



Foundations of quantum mechanics, time-dependent perturbation theory, radiation, variational methods, scattering theory, advanced topics, and applications. Quantitative.


Understand foundations of quantum mechanics. Successfully attacking theoretical problems in quantum mechanics and establishing the major physical conclusion. The topics to be covered this semester will overlap most of the material in Chaps 9-14 of Townsend’s text.

Course delivery: In Physics 415, students interact with the instructor, course materials and other students completely online: meet online at a specified time using Canvas tool. The attendance of the lectures and tutorials is necessary. The attendance of the exam and quiz is mandatory.

  • Lecture: synchronous
  • Tutorial: synchronous
  • Exam: synchronous; date: TBA
  • Quiz: synchronous; date: TBA


  • Midterm(s) - synchronous during class time 30%
  • Final Exam- synchronous, Date TBD 40%
  • Quizzes- synchronous during class time 15%
  • Homework 15%



Required text: John S. Townsend, A modern approach to Quantum Mechanics.

Recommended reading lists: David J. Griffiths, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics; P. A. M. Dirac, The Principles of Quantum Mechanics.

Required resources: Participation in synchronous Physics 415 course requires students to have reliable high-speed internet access and a computer quipped with camera and microphone.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students who cannot write their exam during the course's scheduled exam time must request accommodation from their instructor in writing, clearly stating the reason for this request, before the end of the first week of classes.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).