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Quantum Mechanics I(2.0 credits)

Course Type:Basic Specialized Courses
Class Format:Lecture
Course Name : Fundamental and Applied Physics
Starts 1 : 2 Spring Semester
Elective/Compulsory : Compulsory
Lecturer : SHIGEMORI Masaki Designated Professor 

•Course Purpose
Quantum mechanics governs the microscopic aspects of nature and is more fundamental than the classical mechanics which is an approximate effective theory describing the macroscopic aspects of nature. This course aims to develop solid understanding and basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, which is absolutely necessary in various fields of modern physics.

We start by introducing fundamental notions such as the wave function and the Schrödinger equation, and familiarize ourselves with them by studying 1-dimensional problems. Then, after developing the formalism of quantum mechanics, we discuss three dimensional problems such as the hydrogen atom.

•Prerequisite Subjects
Fundamentals of Chemistry I and II, Fundamentals of Physics I to IV, Calculus I and II, Linear Algebra I and II, or permission of the instructor

•Course Topics
1 From Classical to Quantum Mechanics (Ch. 1)
2 Wave Packets and the Schrodinger Equation (Ch. 2)
3 The Quantum Mechanical Postulates (Ch. 3)
4 Pre-exam Review & EXAM 1 (Ch. 1 – 3)
5 The Particle in the Box 1 (Ch. 4)
6 The Particle in the Box 2 (Ch. 5)
7 Commuting and Non-commuting Operators and the Uncertainty Principle (Ch. 6)
8 Harmonic Oscillator: Classical and Quantum Mechanical 1 (Ch. 7)
9 Harmonic Oscillator: Classical and Quantum Mechanical 2 (Ch. 7)
10 Pre-exam Review & EXAM 2 (Ch. 4 – 7)
11 The Vibrational and Rotational Spectroscopy of Diatomic Molecules 1 (Ch. 8)
12 The Vibrational and Rotational Spectroscopy of Diatomic Molecules 2 (Ch. 8)
13 The Hydrogen Atom (Ch. 9)
14 Pre-final Review
15 FINAL EXAM (Ch. 1 – 9)

T. Engel: Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy, 3rd Ed. (International edition), Pearson,

•Additional Reading

•Grade Assessment
Two exams: 100 points each, final exam (comprehensive): 200, homework: 50. TOTAL: 450.
Grade "S": 100-90% (405 or more points), "A": 89-80% (404 - 360 pts), "B": 79-70% (359 - 315 pts), "C": 69-60% (314 - 270 pts), "F": 59-0% (fewer than 270 pts).
The “Absent” grade is reserved for students that withdraw by May 23, 2014. After that day, a letter grade will be awarded based on grades earned from all assignments throughout the semester.


•Contacting Faculty
Office: SA Building-318-1 (Science & Agriculture)
Phone: 789-2480


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