The class will consist of a mixture of lecture, discussion and problem solving. This subject describes physics at small
distances with low to moderate energies. In this regime the properties
of matter and its interactions are highly non-intuitive. To master the material it is essential that you solve many, if not most of the problems
in the book, so a substantial amount of class time will be devoted to going over problem solutions. This subject is not
easy and the mathematics required is far from trivial; therefore you will need to spend a great deal of time reading, thinking and
doing problems. It is essential that you come to class, so attendance is required.
Exams & Grades
There will be three exams, to be scheduled. There may or may not be a final
depending on performance on previous exams. Grades will based on exam performance and class room particpation,
using the subjective judgement of the instructor. You are encouraged to cooperate on homework, but exams must be done
individually in order to conform with the Academic Integregrity Expectations of this course. For the exams you will be allowed
to use your textbook, without any additional notes.
There are many books in the Library about quantum mechanics. Some are designed to be text books and are at about the same level as Griffiths. Examples are: "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics," by Robert H. Dicke and J. P. Wittke, and "Quantum Mechanics classical results, modern systems and visualized examples," by R. W. Robinett. Another book, "Faust in Copenhagen," by Gino Segre, gives a non-mathematical account of how quantum mechanics was developed and an intriguing view of the personalities involved. You might get some insight by looking at them or other books.