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Physics 115A - Winter 2003

The Finals will be available in the first class of 115B.

The first class is Monday, Jan. 6. The TA, Antonio Boveia, will teach a section on Friday from noon to 12:50 in 1160 Phelps.

The lecturer is Harry Nelson, and the TA is Antonio Boveia. Prof. Nelson's office hours are currently Tues. 2:30pm-3:30pm, Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm and by appointment, Antonio Boveia's are currently Monday 9-10am and Friday 1:00-3:00pm in the PLC. Our grader, Victor Soto, will have office hours Thursday 11:00-12:30pm in the PLC.

This is the first quarter of a core course on Quantum Mechanics. The textbook is `Principles of Quantum Mechanics' by R. Shankar. We will cover material from Chapters 1 through 6 of Shankar. The principal planned topics include linear algebra for quantum mechanics, review of Hamiltonian formalism, the postulates of Quantum Mechanics, and one-dimensional problems.

One midterm is planned on Monday, Feb 10.

Homework is assigned on Monday, due the next Monday in class. Homework turned in after class on Monday will have 10% of the score removed; homework turned in on Tuesday by 5pm will have 20% of the score removed; homework turned in any time after that will have 50% of the score removed. You may work with others on working out the problems, but you must write up solutions independently of one another.

The grading formula to be 45% Final, 30% Midterm, and 25% Problems.

Class Notes: All of Shankar Chapter 1
Shankar Table of Contents
PagesLecture DatesReading
Pages 1-8Jan. 6 Shankar pp. 1-10
Pages 9-17Jan. 8 Shankar pp. 11-20
Pages 18-27Jan. 13, 15 Shankar pp. 21-30
Pages 28-35Jan. 15 Shankar pp. 21-30
Pages 34-42Jan. 22 Shankar pp. 21-30
Pages 43-51Jan. 27 Shankar pp. 31-38
Pages 52-57Jan. 29 Shankar pp. 38-46, 54-57
Pages 58-65 (note, page # wrong on scan)Feb. 3
Pages 66-71Feb. 5 Shankar pp. 63-73
Antonio Boveia's Midterm ReviewFeb. 7Midterm Solutions
Pages 72-79Feb. 12 Shankar pp. 115-128
Pages 80-87 Corrected page 82 Feb. 19 Shankar pp. 129-133
Pages 88-96 Corrected page 89 Feb. 24 Shankar pp. 134-143
Pages 97-105 Wave Packet AppletFeb. 26 Shankar pp. 143-144, 149-150, 151-155
Pages 106-114Mar. 3 Shankar pp. 156-163
Pages 115-122Mar. 5 Shankar pp. 164-167
FinalMar. 18 Final Solutions

Assigned Problems:
LinkDate AssignedDate Due
Problem Set 1Jan. 6Jan. 13Solutions
Problem Set 2Jan. 13Jan. 21 - To 115A Mailbox, Physics Study Center, 3314 BroidaSolutions
Problem Set 3Jan. 20Jan. 27Solutions and Discussion of Problem 3
Problem Set 4Jan. 27Feb. 3Solutions
Problem Set 5Feb. 3Feb. 10Solutions
Problem Set 6Feb. 10Feb. 18 - To 115A Mailbox, Physics Study Center, 3314 BroidaSolutions
Problem Set 7Feb. 19Feb. 24Solutions
Problem Set 8 Problem #1, the exponent should contain (x-a)^2, that is, (x-a) squaredFeb. 24Mar. 3Solutions
Problem Set 9Mar. 3Mar. 10Solutions (revised)
Problem Set 10Mar. 10Not Due! Turn in at final for extra credit.Solutions , Spreadsheet, problem 1

Some Science Links:
Particle Data Group Source of many useful tables
Nobel Prizes The Nobel e-Museum
Colloquia Online Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics
BBC British Broadcasting Corporation Science Page
DMN Dallas Morning News Science Page (free registration required)
LAT Los Angeles Times Science Page
NYT New York Times Science Page
PT Physics Today (Registration required to view articles)

hnn@hep.ucsb.edu 04/01/03

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