COURSE SYLLABUS Fall 2005 
CONTENTS

"The theory of wave mechanics, however bizarre it may appear  and it is so in some respects, has the astonishing virtue that it works..." [Ernest Rutherford]
"We cannot know, as a matter of principle, the present in all its details."
"God may be subtle, but He is not malicious."
If anybody says he can think about quantum problems without getting giddy, that only shows he has not understood the first thing about them. 
Text:
R. Eisberg & R. Resnick, Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles (2nd ed.)
Instructor: Dr. John Varriano
Office: 108 Science Bldg.
Phone: 3439 (office) 4525940 (home)
Office Hours:
Check my posted schedule for official office hours. Feel free to come by at other times to see if I am in.
Part 1: Experimental basis of Quantum Theory (Ch. 1,2,4) 
 probability distributions, kinetic theory of gases  thermal radiation, photoelectric effect, xray production, Compton scattering  Bohr model of the atom 
Part 2: Formalization of Quantum Mechanics (Ch. 3,5,6) 
 deBroglie wavelength, waveparticle duality, uncertainty principle  Schrödinger's Equation  1D time independent potentials: barriers, wells, simple harmonic oscillator  operator theory, Dirac notation (handout) 
Part 3: Applications of Quantum Mechanics (Ch. 79,11) 
 oneelectron atoms: energy, angular momentum, spin, transition rates  multielectron atoms: exclusion principle  systems of particles: quantum statistics 
Homework:
Collected homework problems will usually be due one week after they are assigned. Each problem is worth 10 points. Late problems will be accepted with a 1point penalty per day. After 5 days, the penalty will not increase beyond 5 points and problems can be turned in up until the last day of classes. I will simply divide your homework point total by the maximum possible total to get a percentage. Fifty percent of this percentage will count to your final percentage as described above. Other problems will be assigned but not collected. See the Problem Outline for a listing of all of the problems.