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Welcome to the Quantum Mechanics and Symmetry (SPA-6325) Home Page
Course Organizer: Prof. Steve Thomas
Marker/Demonstrators: Enrico Andriolo GOJ 602
Aims and Learning Outcomes
- Mathematical introduction: groups, vector spaces and Hilbert spaces
- Dirac's notation, linear operators, projectors, self-adjoint and unitary operators. The postulates of quantum mechanics and some of their consequences
- Illustration of linear algebraic methods in simple quantum mechanical systems; concept of semi-classical states
- Symmetries in quantum mechanics; parity, time reversal, space and time translations; conservation laws.
- Representation of the rotation group in quantum mechanics: infinitesimal and finite rotations, orbital and spin angular momemntum
- Approximate methods: time-independent perturbation theory
- Multiparticle systems
Lectures: Monday: 15.00-17.00 GOJ PLT
Tuesday : 12.00-13.00 Banc. 3.26
A compact set of printed notes from previous years will be made available here as the course progresses. Each week I will also post copies of my white board lecture notes. My white board notes expand on and, in several areas, go beyond the topics discussed in the printed notes.
Marked Homework Deadlines
Homework Problem sets that are to be marked (weeks 2,4,6,and 8) must be handed in by 4.00pm on Tuesdays
No Lectures or Exercise Classes will be scheduled during this week.
Assessment for this course is based on a 20% contribution from the 4 marked homework problem sets and 80% from the final examination in Semester 3.
EXERCISE CLASS PROBLEMS
Please check below to find out which exercise class group you have been assigned.
Group A : Thursday 11am - 12am Queens Building LG3
Group B : Thursday 12am - 1pm Queens Building LG6
Note that not every week has an exercise class been scheduled.
Exercise Classes begin in Week 1
Homework problem sheets will be posted on this page. Solutions will eventually be made available from here.Please note: There are 9 Homework Problem sheets in total BUT ONLY WEEKS 2, 4, and 6 need to be handed in and marked. These count as a maximum of 20 % towards the final Course Mark.The non-marked homework problems are there as part of your learning process and you are strongly encouraged to attempt them.
Past Exam Papers and Solutions
You may find the following text books are useful for this course. The book by Sakurai is particularly recommended.
- Quantum Mechanics B. H. Bransden & C. J. Joachain : Prentice-Hall (2nd Edition)
- Modern Quantum Mechanics J. J. Sakurai : Addison-Wesley (Revised Edition)
Exercise Class Problems
Solutions will be posted here.