PHY 4604 - Introductory Quantum Mechanics 1 - Fall 2018

Class Meetings: Mon., Wed., Fri. period 3 (9:35 - 10:25 a.m.) in NPB 1002
Instructor: Prof. Selman Hershfield, NPB 2138, 392-9387,
Office Hours: Mon. and Wed. 10:30a-12pm and Thurs. 1-2pm
Web Page:
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.

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
20% Quizzes
with the following grading scale
score letter grade
90-100 A
85-90 A-
80-85 B+
70-80 B
65-70 B-
60-65 C+
55-60 C
50-55 C-
45-50 D+
40-45 D
35-40 D-
0-35 E
UF grading policies for assigning grade points.

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 0.8 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.

Exams: There are two evening midterm exams, one in October and one in November, and a final exam scheduled on 12:30-2:30pm Wednesday, December 12. 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.