## Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session

Recitations: 2 sessions / week, 1 hour / session

## Prerequisite

To register for this course, students must have completed
*8.04 Quantum Mechanics I* with a grade of C or higher.

## Topics Covered

- General Structure of Quantum Mechanics
- Quantum Dynamics
- Two-state Systems
- Angular Momentum and Spin
- The Radial Equation and Operator Methods
- Addition of Angular Momentum
- Introduction to the Quantum Mechanics of Identical Particles

## Required Textbooks

Griffiths, David J. *Introduction to Quantum Mechanics*. 2nd ed. Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004. ISBN: 9780131118928.

Shankar, Ramamurti. *Principles of Quantum Mechanics*. 2nd ed. Plenum Press, 1994. ISBN: 9780306447907.

## References

Cohen-Tannoudji, Claude. *Quantum Mechanics*. 2 vols. Wiley, 2006. ISBN: 9780471164326. (Useful for 8.05 and 8.06: Some students find it too encyclopedic.)

Dirac, P. A. M. *The Principles of Quantum Mechanics*. 4th ed. Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1958. (Quantum mechanics from the Master. Deep, hard and rewarding to read, but probably in the summer.)

Feynman, R. P. *Feynman Lectures On Physics*. Vol. 3. Addison Wesley Longman, 1970. ISBN: 9780201021158. (Ch. 6 on spin and Ch. 9 on the ammonia maser are particularly useful.)

Ohanian, Hans. *Principles of Quantum Mechanics*. Prentice Hall, 1989. ISBN: 9780137127955. (More emphasis than Griffiths on operator methods but less depth on some other topics.)

Sakurai, J. J. *Modern Quantum Mechanics*. Addison-Wesley Pub., 1993. ISBN: 9780201539295. (A revision of the text by Sakurai. Advanced for 8.05.)

Axler, Sheldon. *Linear Algebra Done Right*. 2nd ed. Springer, 1997. ISBN: 9780387982595. (A conceptual introduction to vector spaces and linear operators.)

## Problem Sets

There is a problem set every week. The main purpose of the problem sets is to help learn quantum mechanics, not to grade performance. They are included in the final grade as a safety net in the event exams do not consistently reflect a student’s understanding.

Sitting down by yourself and reasoning your way through a problem will help you learn the material deeply, identify concepts that are not clear, and develop the analytical skills needed for a successful career in science. If you can solve the problems by yourself, you can expect to do well on the exams. After trying to solve a problem without success, seek help from staff or classmates. Many students learn a great deal from talking to each other. Identify what was preventing you from solving the problem and write up the solution by yourself. It is a breach of academic integrity to copy any solution from another student or from previous years’ solutions. Your solutions should be logical, complete, and legible. If you cannot present a solution clearly, it is likely that you do not understand it adequately. The graders are instructed not to give credit for unclear or illegible solutions.

## Exams

Cumulative mastery of homework is intended to be the primary learning tool in preparation for exams. There will be an hour and a half closed-book test during the normal lecture time. There will be a three-hour final exam scheduled during the final exam period.

## Grades

The relative weighting of exams and problems sets will be as follows:

ACTIVITIES | PERCENTAGES |
---|---|

Midterm Exam | 25 |

Final Exam | 45 |

Problem Sets | 30 |