PHYS 451: Quantum Mechanics  Spring 2016
Location & Contact Info
Instructor: Sergiy Bubin
Lecture Hours: Tue,Thu 12:00 PM  1:15 PM in room 7.517
Recitations: Thu 10:30 AM  11:45 AM in room 7.517
Office Hours: Tue 1:20 PM  2:20 PM and Wed 3:00 PM  4:00 PM in room 7.204 (or by appointment)
Phone: +7 (7172) 69 46 63
Email: sergiy.bubin@nu.edu.kz
Course Description
In this course, students learn the basics of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics.
The course introduces the concept of the wave function, its interpretation,
and covers the topics of potential wells, potential barriers,
quantum harmonic oscillator, and the hydrogen atom. Next,
a more formal approach to quantum mechanics is taken by
introducing the postulates of quantum mechanics, quantum operators,
Hilbert spaces, Heisenberg uncertainty principle, and time evolution.
The course ends with topics covering the addition of angular momenta, spin,
and some basic aspects of manybody quantum mechanics.
The course will include two lectures per week accompanied by a recitation.
Course Info
Syllabus: syllabus.pdf
Required Textbook
David J. Griffiths, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (2nd Edition)
Other Useful References
Many other texts exist on quantum mechanics both at the introductory and more advanced level,
some can be found in the library, and can also be very useful in this course.
Students are encouraged to explore those. Examples of the introductory level textbooks are:
 Richard Liboff, Introductory Quantum Mechanics (4th Edition)
 Robert Scherrer, Quantum Mechanics: An Accessible Introduction
 Robert Eisberg, David O. Caldwell, and Richard J. Christman, Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles
 Ira N. Levine, Quantum Chemistry (6th Edition)
Homework Assignments
Quizzes
Exams
Lecture Materials
Important note: Lecture materials provided below may be inclomplete
and should not be considered a substitute for notes taken in class or textbook materials
Lecture
 Date
 File
 Topic

Lecture #1 
Jan 12 
lec01.pdf 
Introductory notes. Timeline of quantum mechanics. 
Lecture #2 
Jan 14 
lec02.pdf 
Review of basic probability theory. 
Lecture #3 
Jan 19 
lec03.pdf 
Waveparticle duality. Schrodinger equation and its key characteristics. Statistical interpretation of wave function. 
Lecture #4 
Jan 21 
lec04.pdf 
Expectation values. Momentum operator. Heisenberg uncertainty principle. Stationary states. 
Lecture #5 
Jan 26 
lec05.pdf 
Particle in infinite square well. 
Lecture #6 
Jan 28 
lec06.pdf 
Quantum harmonic oscillator. 
Lecture #7 
Feb 2 
lec07.pdf 
Fourier series and Fourier transform. Free particle. 
Lecture #8 
Feb 4 
lec08.pdf 
Review of Dirac delta function. Particle in Deltafunction potential. 
Lecture #9 
Feb 11 
lec09.pdf 
Finite square well. Transmission through square rectangular barrier. 
Lecture #10 
Feb 16 
lec10.pdf 
Commutators. Solution of quantum harmonic oscillator problem using creation and annihilation operators. 
Lecture #11 
Feb 18 
lec11.pdf 
Formalism of quantum mechanics. 
Lecture #12 
Feb 23 
lec12.pdf 
General form of uncertainty principle. Timeevolution of expectation values. Energytime uncertainty principle. 
Lecture #13 
Feb 25 
lec13.pdf 
Dirac notation, representations, projection and identity operators, spectral decomposition. 
Lecture #14 
Mar 1 
lec14.pdf 
SchrÃ¶dinger equation in 3D. Separation of variables for spherically symmetric potentials. Spherical harmonics. 
Lecture #15 
Mar 3 
lec15.pdf 
The hydrogenlike atom. 
Lecture #15a 
Apr 7 
lec15a.pdf 
Reduction of twobody problem with central interaction into onebody problem. 
Lecture #15b 
Apr 7 
lec15b.pdf 
Quantum rigid rotor. 
Lecture #16 
Mar 29 
lec16.pdf 
Commutation relations for the angular momentum. The ladder operator method. 
Lecture #17 
Mar 31 
lec17.pdf 
Matrix representation of the angular momentum operator. 
Lecture #18 
Apr 5 
lec18.pdf 
Addition of angular momenta. 
Lecture #19 
Apr 7 
lec19.pdf 
Spin. Properties of Pauli matrices. 
Lecture #20 
Apr 14 
lec20.pdf 
Electron in magnetic field. Larmor precession. SternGerlach experiment. 
Lecture #21 
Apr 19 
lec21.pdf 
Manybody problem in quantum mechanics. Exchange intteractions. 
Lecture #22 
Apr 26 
lec22.pdf 
Shell structure of atoms. 
Lecture #23 
Apr 28 
lec23.pdf 
Periodic potentials. Band structure. 
Found an error on this page or in any of the pdf files? Send an email to the instructor at sergiy.bubin@nu.edu.kz.
