Autumn 2008

Physics 15400 Section: 0 - Modern Physics

Instructor: Cheng Chin
Email: cchin @ uchicago.edu

Lectures: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11:30am ~ 12:20pm
Location: KPTC 120

Discussion session: Tuesday 4:30 ~ 5:20 pm

Teaching assistants: 
Dan Wulin <dwulin @ uchicago.edu>
Paul Spyridis <spyridis @ uchicago.edu>
Ran Huo <huor @ uchicago.edu>
Pongsakorn Kanjanaboos <pkanjano @ uchicago.edu>

Heng Liu <liuh @ uchicago.edu>

Office Hours: 
Heng Liu: Monday 3 ~4 pm @ KPTC 303
Ran Huo: Monday 4:30~5:30 pm @ KPTC 303 
Cheng Chin: Tuesday 11~12:30 pm and Wednesday 2:30~3:30 pm @ GCIS 107
Paul Spyridis: Wednesday 3:30~4:30 pm @ KPTC 303
Dan Wulin: Thursday 10~11:30 am @ KPTC 303
Pongsakorn Kanjanaboos: Friday 1~2 pm @ KPTC 303

Textbooks:
Quantum Physics
Author: R. Eisberg and R. Resnick
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 0 471 87373
Recommended Textbook

Class Outline: 

Wk Lecture Date Topic Eisberg
chapter/page
Home-
work
TA mtg Handout
1 1 9/29 Introduction: Conceptual Challenges in Mondern Physics       One
  2 10/1 Quantization of Light (I) pp. 27-34     Two
  3 10/3 Quantization of Light (II) pp. 34-43 #1 #1  
2 4 10/6 Particle-Wave Duality (I)  pp. 56-65      Three
  5 10/8 Math (I): Fourier transform        
  6 10/10 Particle-Wave Duality (II) pp. 65-79
pp. 134-150
#1 due
#2 
#2  
3 7 10/13 Particle-Wave Duality (III) pp. 96-105      
  8 10/15 Particle-Wave Duality (IV)  pp. 110-114      
  9 10/17 Math (III): Complex Number and Differential Equations   #2 due
#3
#3 Four
4 10 10/20 Schrodinger's Equation pp.150-155      
  11 10/22 Free and Confined Particles (I) pp. 177-184      
  12 10/24 Free and Confined Particles (II) pp.184-199 #3 due
#4
#4  
5   10/27 Midterm Exam I (Lec. 1~9)        
  13 10/29 Math (III): Partial Differential Equations pp. 150-155     Five
  14 10/31 Free and Confined Particles (III) pp. 199-209 #4 due
#5 
#5  
6 15 11/3 Free and Confined Particles (IV) pp. 214-221      
  16 11/5 Math (IV): State vectors in Hilbert Space, linear Algebra and Dirac's Bra-Ket Notation       FiveA
  17 11/7 Free and Confined Paritcles (V)   #5 due
#6
  FiveB
7 18 11/10 Quantum Measurements       Six
  19 11/12 Quantum Paradoxes        
    11/14 Student presentation (I)   #6 due
#7
#7corr.
#6  
8   11/17 Midterm Exam II (Lec. 10~17)        
  20 11/19 Identical Particles pp.376~380     Seven
 
  21 11/21 Quantum Statistics   #7 due
#8
#7  
9   11/24 Student presentation (II)        
  22 11/26 Selected topic (I)
   Introduction to Superfluidity and 
  Superconductivity
      PPT
    11/28 Thanksgiving        
10 23 12/1 Selected topic (II)
   Introduction to Path Integral
  #8 due #8  
    12/2 Review session: 4:30~5:20pm        
11   12/8 Final Exam 10:30 am~12:30 pm @ KPTC 120        

Evaluation
    Lab 20%

    Problem sets 25%
    Midterms 2 x15%
    Final 25%

Extra Credit 1: 
   Presentation 5%: 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A (Please contact Dan Wulin and Paul Spyridis)
   Time slots:    (11/14) 11:30~11:45 am, 11:45~12 pm, 12~12:15 pm, 12:15~12:30 pm 
                       (11/24) 11:30~11:45 am, 11:45~12 pm, 12~12:15 pm, 12:15~12:30 pm 
  
Extra Credit 2:

    Identify PHYSICS mistakes in the textbook: 1% each (up to 5 %).