Tuesday and Thursday, 9:3010:45, P&A 184
Friday, 11:0012:15, P&A 184
Professor Akimasa Miyake
office: P&A 25, email: amiyake_at_unm.edu, office hours: Tuesday 10:4512:30, otherwise you may arrange a meeting by appointment.
Bibek Pokharel
office: P&A front area, email: bibekpokharel_at_unm.edu, office hours: Thursday 12:3014:30
L. E. Ballentine, "Quantum Mechanics: A Modern Development," 2nd Edition, World Scientific (required)
This is a graduate core course of quantum mechanics, following PHYC 521 "Graduate Quantum Mechanics I" in Fall 2016. As seen in the syllabus, the basics of quantum mechanics are taught in a selfcontained manner at the level more sophisticated than the undergraduate counterpart PHYC 491 and 492. The course is suitable for graduate students or students who have learned quantum mechanics once, in order to brush up understanding of quantum theory and to master its mathematical treatments. We adapt modern pedagogy of active learning in classroom.
Its associated problems session PHYC 551 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. Weekly exercises also facilitate preparations for the preliminary exam. The session is used partially to hold midterm exams. Roughly speaking, the problems of exams and problem sessions will be selected largely from the exercises at the end of chapters in accordance with the progress of lectures, while those of assignments may be drawn from the past preliminary exams.
The final grade will be determined based on performance of exams and assignments (their weights are 80 % and 20 % respectively, for now). Each midterm exam is arranged after a couple of chapters are 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.
Dates 
Subjects 
Assignments/Exams 
Jan. 17 Tue 
8. State preparation and determination  Assignment 1 is posted 
Jan. 19 Thu 
no
lecture 

Jan. 20 Fri 
no
problem session 

Jan. 24 Tue 
8. State preparation and determination  
Jan. 26 Thu 
8. State preparation and determination  
Jan. 27 Fri 

Problem 1 
Jan. 31 Tue 
8. State preparation and determination  
Feb. 2 Thu 
8. State preparation and determination  
Feb. 3 Fri 
Problem 2 Assignment 1 is due 

Feb. 7 Tue 
8. State preparation and determination  
Feb. 9 Thu 
8. State preparation and determination  
Feb. 10 Fri 

Problem 3 
Feb. 14 Tue 
9. Measurement and the interpretation of states  
Feb. 16 Thu 
9. Measurement and the interpretation of states  
Feb. 17 Fri 

Problem 4 
Feb. 21 Tue 
9. Measurement and the interpretation of
states 
Assignment 2 is posted 
Feb. 23 Thu 
no lecture  
Feb. 24 Fri 

no problem session 
Feb. 28 Tue 
7. Angular Momentum 

Mar. 2 Thu 
7. Angular Momentum  
Mar. 3 Fri 

Problem 5 
Mar. 7 Tue 
7. Angular Momentum 

Mar. 9 Thu 
7. Angular Momentum  
Mar. 10 Fri 

Problem 6 Assignment 2 is due 
Mar. 14 Tue 
spring
break 

Mar. 16 Thu 
spring break  
Mar. 17 Fri 
spring break  
Mar. 21 Tue 


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May 812 
final
week 
Students may study subjects of assignments together, but everyone is expected to prepare his/her original answer sheets.
1. Assignment: reviewing the quantum mechanics preliminary exam Spring 2017, due at 12:15 on February 3 (Fri) [Problems]
2. Assignment, due at 12:00 on March 10 (Fri) [Problems 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, 8.7, 8.8, 8.10, 9.1, 9.3, 9.4, 9.6 Solutions]
Note: although some problems have hints in the textbook, you must still answer them by your own words.
Midterm exams are usually held during the Monday problems session in a closedbook format. No communication with other students is allowed during the exams.
1. Midterm exam, [Materials from Chapter X to Chapter Y Solutions ]