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Quantum Mechanics - 1 & 2: Quantum Mechanics - 1 (PHY-305)

Quantum mechanics is the body of scientific laws that describe the wacky behavior of photons, electrons and the other particles that make up the universe

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Historical Review: Blackbody radiation, The photoelectric effect, A quantum theory of atomic states, Waves versus particles, The de Broglie Hypothesis and the Davisson-Germer Experiment, Uncertainty as a Cornerstone of natural Law, Probability waves.

The wave function: The Schrödinger equation, Statistical interpretation, Probability, Normalization, Momentum, The uncertainty relation.

The time independent Schrodinger equation: Stationary states, The infinite square well, The harmonic oscillator, The free particle, The delta-function potential, The finite square well, The scattering matrix.

Quantum mechanics formulism: Linear Algebra, Function spaces, The generalized statistical interpretation, The uncertainty principle.

Quantum mechanics in three dimensions: Schrodinger equation in spherical coordinates, The hydrogen atom, Angular momentum, Spin.

Identical Particles: Two-particle systems, Atoms, Solids, Quantum statistical mechanics.

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