Description: Quantum mechanics is one of the foundational pillars of modern physics. Much of modern research ranging from particle physics to condensed matter, the latter of which is the largest area of physics research, is based upon this topic. Therefore, it is an essential part of a physics student's education. APMS 571 builds the technical foundation and mathematical background for the theory. We will discuss fundamental physical principles and develop the analytical tools to apply these principles to various problems. These may include but are not limited to the postulates and tools of quantum mechanics, Dirac notation, barrier problems, the harmonic oscillator, and the hydrogen atom. Co-convened with PHY 471. Letter grade only.
Sections offered: Fall 2020
Prerequisite: Admission to Applied Physics (MS) or Applied Physics & Materials Science (PhD) plan