The course is given both semesters, 3 hours each week plus 2 hours
exercises. This page is for the spring semester.
Monday 11-12 in Melamed Auditorium
in Dach Auditorium
Exercise session (1,2):
Monday 9-11 or Wednesday 17-19 in Shenkar
Physics room 222
- The experimental basis of the quantum theory.
- Wave-particle duality, diffraction; amplitudes and
- Wave packets, uncertainty. The Schrödinger equation.
- Free particle in one dimension. Operators: momentum and
- The square well: bound states and scattering states,
reflection and transmission probabilities.
- The harmonic oscillator: series solution.
- Operators and observables; commutation relations and the
uncertainty principle; eigenvalues and eigenstates.
- Back to the harmonic oscillator: ladder operators.
- Three dimensions: central potential, angular momentum algebra.
- The hydrogen atom: spectrum and wave functions.
- Spin, magnetic moment, interaction with a magnetic field.
Other recommended books:
More advanced texts:
- The first week or two of the semester deal with the birth of
quantum theory. The first chapter of Gasiorowicz is good.
There is much more in Eisberg & Resnick and in Bohm.
- I recommend highly the books of A. Pais:
- It is interesting to read and compare the various editions of
Max Born's classic book on Atomic Physics.