2023-2024 Catalog

PHYS 215 Introduction to Quantum Physics

You will be introduced to quantum mechanics and will see why it is needed to explain outcomes of experiments (some of which you will perform yourself in lab); you will learn to make qualitative and quantitative analysis of situations in which quantum mechanics must be invoked; you will use modern computing tools (Mathematica) to make quantum mechanical calculations; and you will hone your skills at performing analytical calculations to predict and analyze physical phenomena. Topics will include wave-particle duality, photons, Schrodinger wave mechanics, hydrogen atom, multielectron atoms, and the quantum approach to angular momentum. Additional application areas may include molecular spectra, lasers, and quantum statistics.


PHYS 133, or PHYS 152


Spring semester