Class Meetings: | Mon., Wed., Fri. period 3 (9:35 - 10:25 a.m.) in NPB 1002 |

Instructor: | Prof. Selman Hershfield, NPB 2138, 392-9387, selman@phys.ufl.edu |

Office Hours: | M periods 7 and 8 (study hall), F period 4, |

Web Page: | http://www.phys.ufl.edu/courses/phy4604/fall12/ |

Required Text: | Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, D. J. Griffiths (2nd ed., Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005) |

**Introduction:** PHY 4604 is the first course of our two-semester introductory
quantum mechanics sequence for advanced undergraduates. It covers the basic concepts
and formalism of quantum mechanics as well some important exactly solvable problems:
piecewise constant one dimensional potentials, the harmonic oscillator, spin and two-level
systems, and the hydrogen atom. The material covered in the is course is central to
much of contemporary research in physics, other sciences, and engineering.
This class is sufficiently important that it is the only 4000 level theory class
required of all Physics majors (BS and BA).

**Prerequisites:**
Modern physics, PHY3103 or PHY3063, is a prerequisite
because it motivates and introduces the Schrodinger equation,
which is the starting point for this course. For mathematics
you should have completed differential equations, MAP 2302,
as well as have familiarity with such linear algebra concepts
as eigenstates and eigenvalues.

**Text:**
The required text by Griffiths is a good introductory quantum mechanics text.
As shown on the course home page we will follow
the material and the order of topics covered closely.
Additional material will be posted to the course web site as needed.

**Grades:**
Your final score for the course will be computed according to

20% | Exam 1 |

20% | Exam 2 |

20% | Final |

20% | Homework |

15% | Quizzes |

5% | On-line and in-class participation |

**Homework:**
There will be approximately one homework assignment per week.
To learn the
most you should try to solve the problems on your own. However,
if you are stuck, it is better to seek help from the instructor
or other students than to be unable to solve the problem.
Direct copying from another student is an academic honesty
violation and will be treated as such.
Homework assignments are due at the beginning of class.
Scores on late assignments will be multiplied by a factor
of 0.9 for each day they are late up until the solutions
are posted. Homework assignments will not be accepted
after solutions are posted.

**Quizzes:**
The point of the homework assignments is to learn the material.
There will be short quizzes also approximately once a week based on
the same material that was covered in the homework.
The quizzes should be straight forward if you understand
the concepts in the homework; however, they are closed
book and notes so you will need to remember the important
equations. To receive a make-up for a quiz you must bring
in documentation for a valid reason for missing the quiz.
There are no make-ups given more than 2 weeks after the
original quiz date.

**On-line and in-class participation:**
Throughout the course there will on-line questions,
surveys, reading, videos, and in-class activities.
To encourage participation you will receive a small
amount of credit (5%) for these activities. There
are no make-ups for this component; however, at the
end of the semester we will divide by 0.8 to accommodate
missed activities. You may not receive more than 5%
for this component of the grade.

**Exams:**
There are two evening midterm exams, one in October and one in
November, and a final exam scheduled on Thursday, December 13.
No formula sheets, notes, books, or calculators are allowed
in the exams. A list of formulas which you will need to memorize
will be given prior to the exam, and the first part of each
exam will be to write down some of these formulas.
Students missing a midterm for a valid reason may take
a commutative make-up during final exam week.

**Accommodations:** Students requesting classroom accommodations must first
register with the disabilities Resources Center. The
Disabilities Resources Center will provide documentation to the
student, who must then deliver this documentation to the instructor
when requesting accommodations.

**Academic Honesty:** All University of Florida students are required to
abide by the University's Academic Honesty Guidelines and by the
Honor Code, which reads as follows:

*
"We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to
hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and
integrity. On all work submitted for credit by students at the
University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or
implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received
unauthorized aid in doing this assignment."
*

Cheating, plagiarism, or other violations of the Academic Honesty Guidelines will not be tolerated and will be pursued through the University's adjudication procedures.