QUANTUM MECHANICS II
PHYS 4500 is a continuation of the studies begun in Quantum Mechanics I. After reviewing lessons learned in PHYS 3500, we will first expand what was learned into 3 dimensions. Then we will examine applications of quantum mechanics such as time-independent perturbation theory, the variational principle, the WKB approximation, time-dependent perturbation theory, the adiabatic approximation, and scattering. We will address those topics as time permits.
Quantum Mechanics II is an opportunity to apply all of that knowledge about physics at very small scales.
This is what I consider to be a very fun course. Most of the students who are taking it are nearly finished their degree, so they're ready to sit at the table and be a physicist for at least a couple of hours per week. And that's what we do: We sit at the table and be physicists, solving problems, talking through our understanding of big ideas, and discussing the merits of differing techniques for tackling toothsome puzzles.