Quantum Physics / Fall 2013
MWF 10am Labs T/W 1-4
Professor Ann Silversmith
Office G054, x4704
Research Lab G072 x4739
I am not sure how the pace of the course will go. We spend our first week reviewing classical physics and then start in chapter 1. We will hope to cover chapters 1-8 of E&R and have time at the end of the semester to talk about the philosophical interpretations of Quantum Mechanics.
This course will make free use of basic mathematics through calculus and will move into solution of simple differential equations and partial differential equations. You will use the spreadsheet program Excel extensively to do data analysis for lab work. You may use Excel or any other program you are familiar with to do basic mathematics like graphing functions, integrating numerically etc.
The grade for the course will be based on homework, labs, and exams as follows:
You will receive weekly reading and homework assignments. In order to discourage undesirable behavior I will charge for late homework at the rate of 20% of the homework grade per day for 2 days and will not accept HW after that. Please get your problem sets in on time! Assignments and solutions will be posted on Blackboard.
Lab begins next week with an investigation blackbody radiation. All experimental work and analysis will be done with a lab partner. Always plan to spend 3 hours in lab. As indicated on the schedule, we will not have lab during the weeks when midterm exams are scheduled.
Besides doing problem sets, you have the important jobs of keeping on top of the reading and participating fully during classes by asking and answering questions. The success of the course depends on all of us!
My personal opinion: this topic is really extremely cool and fun. As the semester progresses, I hope you find yourselves agreeing with me.