Readings

There are many good texts on introductory quantum mechanics. Which text is most appropriate for you depends on your interests and goals. To give you some choice, equivalent readings will be assigned each week from each of the following four texts:

KEY to Books

[E&R] = Eisberg, Robert M., and Robert Resnick. Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles. Wiley, 1985. ISBN: 9780471873730.

[Li.] = Liboff, Richard L. Introductory Quantum Mechanics. Addison Wesley, 2002. ISBN: 9780805387148.

[Ga.] = Gasiorowicz, Stephen. Quantum Physics. John Wiley & Sons, 2003. ISBN: 9780471429456.

[Sh.] = Shankar, Ramamurti. Principles of Quantum Mechanics. Springer, 2008. ISBN: 9780306447907.

SES # TOPICS READING ASSIGNMENTS
L1 Introduction to Superposition

[E&R] Chapter 1: Sec. 6 and 7; Chapter 2: Sec. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5; Chapter 3: all.

[Li.] Chapter 1: all; Chapter 2: Sec. 3, 5, and 6.

[Ga.] Chapter 1: Sec. 2, 3, and 4.

[Sh.] Chapters 3 and 1.

L2 Experimental Facts of Life
L3 The Wave Function
L4 Expectations, Momentum, and Uncertainty

[E&R] Chapter 3: all; Chapter 5: Sec. 1, 3, 4, and 6.

[Li.] Chapter 2: Sec. 5–8; Chapter 3: Sec. 1–3.

[Ga.] Chapter 2: all except 4.

[Sh.] Chapters 3 and 4.

L5 Operators and the Schrödinger Equation
L6 Time Evolution and the Schrödinger Equation

[E&R] Chapter 5: all

[Li.] Chapter 3: Sec. 1–3; Chapter 5: Sec. 2–4.

[Ga.] Chapter 2: all; Chapter 3: Sec. 2.

[Sh.] Chapters 1 and 4.

L7 More on Energy Eigenstates

[E&R] Chapter 5: all, Chapter 6: Sec. 1, 2, and 8.

[Li.] Chapter 3: all; Chapter 4: Sec. 1; Chapter 5: Sec. 1; Chapter 6: all.

[Ga.] Chapter 2: Sec. 4; Chapter 3: all.

[Sh.] Chapter 4: all; Chapter 5: Sec. 1 and 2.

L8 Quantum Harmonic Oscillator
L9 Operator Methods for the Harmonic Oscillator

[E&R] Chapter 6: Sec. 9, App. I.

[Li.] Chapter 7: Sec. 1 and 4.

[Ga.] Chapter 4: Sec. 7; Chapter 6: Sec. 1 and 2.

[Sh.] Chapter 6: all; Chapter 7: all.

L10 Clicker Bonanza and Dirac Notation
E1 Exam 1  
L11 Dispersion of the Gaussian and the Finite Well

[E&R] Chapter 6: all; App. G, H.

[Li.] Chapter 7: Sec. 1–9; Chapter 8: Sec. 1.

[Ga.] Chapter 4: all; Chapter 5: all; Chapter 6: Sec. 1 and 2.

[Sh.] Chapter 5: all; Chapter 7: all.

L12 The Dirac Well and Scattering off the Finite Step
L13 More on Scattering
L14 Resonance and the S-Matrix

[E&R] Chapter 6: all.

[Li.] Chapter 7: Sec. 1–9; Chapter 8: Sec. 1.

[Ga.] Chapter 4: all; Chapter 6: all; Chapter 19: Sec. 2.

[Sh.] Chapter 1: 6; Chapter 5: all; Chapter 11: all; Chapter 19: Sec. 2.

L15 Eigenstates of the Angular Momentum Part 1
L16 Eigenstates of the Angular Momentum Part 2

[E&R] Chapter 7: all, App. M, N.

[Li.] Chapter 8: Sec. 6; Chapter 9: Sec. 1, 2, and 3; Chapter 10: Sec. 1, 2, and 3.

[Ga.] Chapter 7: all; Chapter 8: Sec. 1, 4, and 5.

[Sh.] Chapter 12: all.

E2 Exam 2  
L17 More on Central Potentials

[E&R] Chapter 7: all; App. M, N.

[Li.] Chapter 8: Sec. 2 and 3; Chapter 10: all.

[Ga.] Chapter 4: Sec. c; Chapter 8: all.

[Sh.] Chapter 13: all.

L18 “Hydrogen” and its Discontents
L19 Identical Particles
L20 Periodic Lattices Part 1
L21 Periodic Lattices Part 2

[E&R] Chapter 13: Sec. 1–7.

[Li.] Chapter 8: Sec. 1–4.

[Ga.] Chapter 4: supplements; Chapter 13: all.

[Sh.] see Liboff

L22 Metals, Insulators, and Semiconductors
L23 More on Spin  <No readings for this session.>
L24 Entanglement: QComputing, EPR, and Bell’s Theorem  <No readings for this session.>
E3 Final Exam  

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