# PH421: Quantum Mechanics (20 Lectures)

### Texts (Reference)

There are many textbooks available on this topic. No single book is used in this course. Have a look at the books available in the Library.

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics,
*David Griffiths*, Prentice Hall.

The Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol III,
*Feynman, Leighton, Sands*, Addison Wesley

Quantum Mechanics,
*Stephen Gasiorowicz*, (3rd ed.) Wiley

Quantum Mechanics, Concepts and Applications,
*Nouredine Zettili*, Wiley

Quantum Mechanics,
*Sara McMurry*, Prentice Hall

Quantum Mechanics,
*A.C. Phillips*, Wiley

### Syllabus

- Introduction and review of quantum mechanics.
- Linear harmonic oscillator, ladder operators.
- Matrices, matrix representation of operators, matrix diagonalization, 2-dimensional linear harmonic oscillator in a magnetic field.
- Angular momentum, spherical harmonics, the hydrogen atom.
- Perturbation theory; time independent and time dependent.
- Relativistic wave equation, spin, generalized angular momentum.
- Numerical solutions to the Schrodinger equation.

### Misc.

Credit: 5 ECTS.

Prerequisite: PH333 Quantum Physics.

Semester: 1.

Examination: 2-hour paper in semester 1, answer three questions out of five.

Lecture times: Two lectures per week at Monday 10 am and Wednesday 10 am.

Lecture room: Physics 220.

### Lecturer

Dr. Brian Ward

Office: 207

Phone: ext.3029

email:

brian.wardnuigalway.ie