Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 12:0012:50, P&A 5
The prerequisites are PHYC 330 (Introduction to Modern Physics) and MATH 321 (Linear Algebra).
Monday, 14:0014:50, P&A 184
Professor Akimasa Miyake
office: P&A 25, email: amiyake_at_unm.edu, office hours: Monday 15:0017:00, otherwise you may arrange a meeting by appointment.
Adrian Chapman
office: P&A 30, email: akchapman_at_unm.edu, office hours: Friday 13:0015:00 by contacting him at his office.
J. S. Townsend, "A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics," 2nd Edition (required)
This is an upperdivision course for quantum mechanics, and continues to PHYC 492 "Intermediate Quantum Mechanics II" in Spring 2014. As seen in the syllabus, the basics of quantum mechanics are taught in a selfcontained manner. The course is suitable for undergraduate or graduate students who like to obtain comprehensive understanding of quantum theory and to master its mathematical treatments from scratch. In case you do not satisfy the above prerequisites, you may still discuss a registration with the instructor.
Its associated problems session PHYC 496 should be registered as well. It is quite important to do exercise, in order to digest notions and methods in quantum mechanics learned in the lectures. The session is used not only to help you to start assignments but also to have midterm exams.
The final grade will be determined based on performance of midterm exams and assignments (their weights are 65 % and 35 % respectively, for now). Their problems will be largely selected from the problems found at the end of chapters. Each midterm exam is arranged after every chapter is completed. That is how you can study rather narrow, clearlydefined selections of materials for every exam, while they are still fresh in your mind. Overall it is expected that your learning is more effective and at the same time the load by the course is less stressful this way.
We plan to finish the textbook over two semesters (Fall 2013 and Spring 2014), so it is expected that we cover a half of materials in Fall. If time permits, I will explain briefly recent research activities related to quantum mechanics and quantum information.
Dates 
Subjects 
Assignments/Exams 
Aug. 19 Mon 
Course overview 
No problem session 
Aug. 21 Wed 
1 SternGerlach experiments: 1.1 

Aug. 23 Fri 
1 SternGerlach experiments: 1.2  
Aug. 26 Mon 
1 SternGerlach experiments: 1.3  Assignment 1 is posted 
Aug. 28 Wed 
1 SternGerlach experiments: 1.41.5  
Aug. 30 Fri 
1 SternGerlach experiments: 1.51.6  
Sep. 2 Mon 
Labor day holiday  
Sep. 4 Wed 
2. Rotation and matrix mechanics 2.12.2 

Sep. 6 Fri 
2. Rotation and matrix mechanics 2.2  
Sep. 9 Mon 
2. Rotation and matrix mechanics 2.32.4  Midterm exam 1 
Sep. 11 Wed 
2. Rotation and matrix mechanics 2.52.6  
Sep. 13 Fri 
2. Rotation and matrix mechanics 2.62.7  
Sep. 16 Mon 
2. Rotation and matrix mechanics 2.72.8  Assignment 2 is posted 
Sep. 18 Wed 
3. Angular momentum 3.13.2 

Sep. 20 Fri 
3. Angular momentum 3.3  
Sep. 23 Mon 
3. Angular momentum 3.3  Midterm exam 2 
Sep. 25 Wed 
3. Angular momentum 3.43.5  
Sep. 27 Fri 
3. Angular momentum 3.6  
Sep. 30 Mon 
3. Angular momentum 3.63.7  Assignment 3 is posted 
Oct. 2 Wed 
4. Time evolution 4.1  
Oct. 4 Fri 
4. Time evolution 4.24.3  
Oct. 7 Mon 
4. Time evolution 4.3  Midterm exam 3 
Oct. 9 Wed 
4. Time evolution 4.4  
Oct. 11 Fri 
Fall break  
Oct. 14 Mon 
4. Time evolution 4.44.5  No problem session 
Oct. 16 Wed 
4. Time evolution 4.54.6  
Oct. 18 Fri 
6. Wave mechanics in one
dimension: 6.1 

Oct. 21 Mon 
6. Wave mechanics in one dimension: 6.16.2  Assignment 4 is posted 
Oct. 23 Wed 
6. Wave mechanics in one dimension: 6.26.3  
Oct. 25 Fri 
6. Wave mechanics in one dimension: 6.46.5  
Oct. 28 Mon 
6. Wave mechanics in one dimension: 6.56.6  Midterm exam 4 
Oct. 30 Wed 
6. Wave mechanics in one dimension: 6.66.7  
Nov. 1 Fri 
6. Wave mechanics in one dimension: 6.76.8  
Nov. 4 Mon 
6. Wave mechanics in one dimension: 6.86.9  Assignment 6 is posted 
Nov. 6 Wed 
6. Wave mechanics in one dimension: 6.96.10  
Nov. 8 Fri 
6. Wave mechanics in one dimension: 6.10  
Nov. 11 Mon 
7. Onedimensional harmonic
oscillator: 7.17.2 
Midterm exam 6 
Nov. 13 Wed 
7. Onedimensional harmonic oscillator: 7.27.4  
Nov. 15 Fri 
7. Onedimensional harmonic oscillator: 7.47.6  
Nov. 18 Mon 
7. Onedimensional harmonic oscillator: 7.67.8  Assignment 7 is posted 
Nov. 20 Wed 
7. Onedimensional harmonic oscillator: 7.87.10  
Nov. 22 Fri 
5. A system of two spin1/2 particles: 5.15.2  
Nov. 25 Mon 
5. A system of two spin1/2 particles: 5.25.3  Midterm exam 7 
Nov. 27 Wed 
5. A system of two spin1/2 particles: 5.3  
Nov. 29 Fri 
Thanksgiving holiday  
Dec. 2 Mon 
5. A system of two spin1/2 particles: 5.7  
Dec. 4 Wed 
5. A system of two spin1/2 particles: 5.4  Assignment 5 is posted 
Dec. 6 Fri 
5. A system of two spin1/2 particles: 5.55.6  
Dec. 13 Fri 
Midterm exam 5 
Students may study subjects of assignments together, but everyone is expected to prepare his/her original answer sheets.
1. Assignment due on Sep. 9 (Mon) [Problems: 1.3, 1.5, 1.6, 1.8 Solutions]
2. Assignment due on Sep. 23 (Mon) [Reading the section 2.7 and Problems: 2.8, 2.13, 2.16, 2.24 Solutions]
3. Assignment due on Oct. 7 (Mon) [Problems: 3.5, 3.7, 3.17, 3.19 Solutions]
4. Assignment due on Oct. 28 (Mon) [Problems: 4.4, 4.8, 4.11, 4.13 Solutions]
6. Assignment due on Nov. 11 (Mon) [Problems: 6.2, 6.4, 6.15, 6.23 Solutions]
7. Assignment due on Nov. 25 (Mon) [Problems: 7.4, 7.9, 7.13, 7.23 Solutions]
5. Assignment due on Dec. 13 (Fri) [Problems: 5.3, 5.5, 5.13, 5.17 Solutions]
Midterm exams are held during the Monday problems session in a closedbook format. No communication with other students is allowed during the exams.
1. Midterm exam on Sep. 9 (Mon) [Materials covered in the chapter 1 Solutions]
2. Midterm exam on Sep. 23 (Mon) [Materials covered in the chapter 2 Solutions]
3. Midterm exam on Oct. 7 (Mon) [Materials covered in the chapter 3 Solutions]
4. Midterm exam on Oct. 28 (Mon) [Materials covered in the chapter 4 Solutions]
6. Midterm exam on Nov. 11 (Mon) [Materials covered in the chapter 6 Solutions]
7. Midterm exam on Nov. 25 (Mon) [Materials covered in the chapter 7 Solutions]
5. Midterm exam at P&A 5 on Dec. 13 (Fri), 1012 [Materials covered in the chapter 5 Solutions]