PHY 401: Quantum Mechanics

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:
1. demonstrate a clear and structured approach for solving problems;
2. compute the angular momentum of a wave function using operators;
3. describe and compute Eigen functions of the angular momentum operators;
4. explain the relationship between quantum spin and angular momentum; and
5. apply spin operators to a simple ½ system to perform calculations.

Course Contents
The formulation of quantum mechanics in terms of state vectors and linear operators. Threedimensional spherically symmetric potentials. The theory of angular momentum and spin.
Identical particles and the exclusion principle. Methods of approximation and multielectron atoms.