PHYSICS 521: Fall 2023



TR 1100-1215 PM RM 1140

Recitation 551:

F 1100-1150 PM  RM 1140

Prof: Gold email

TA:TBD email  

Office hours:  TBD


We will learn about the important role that symmetry plays.

Students must be masked to attend lectures.

  • schedule 
  • (including lecture notesproblem sets and hw solutions)
  • features  Quantum mechnics encompasses virtually all of modern physics.  We will frequently discuss topics of current interest, emphasizing recent experiments that test quantum mechanics. Why else would anyone believe such a kooky theory?

  • grading: The grades will be an average of problem sets, class and problem session participation, two tests, and a final.
  • problems session:  PHYC 551  Particiption is strongly encouraged.

  • Physics Links:


    Principles of Quantum Mechanics (second edition)
    by R Shankar
    Publisher: Univ Science Books

    Suggested #1
    Quantum Mechanics
    by Eugene D. Commins

    Suggested #2
    Modern Quantum Mechanics
    by J.J. Sakurai
    also now in paperback

    Accommodations: UNM is committed to providing courses that are inclusive and accessible for all participants. As your instructor, it is my objective to facilitate an accessible classroom setting, in which students have full access and opportunity. If you are experiencing physical or academic barriers, or concerns related to mental health, physical health and/or COVID-19, please consult with me after class, via email/phone or during office/check-in hours (I am not legally permitted to inquire about the need for accommodations). We can meet your needs in collaboration with the Accessibility Resource Center ( at or by phone (505) 277-3506. Credit-hour statement: This is a three credit-hour course. Class meets for two 65-minute sessions of direct instruction for fifteen weeks during the Fall 2022 semester. Please plan for a minimum of six hours of out-of-class work (or homework, study, assignment completion, and class preparation) each week. In accordance with University Policy 2310 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), academic accommodations may be made for any student who notifies the instructor of the need for an accommodation. It is imperative that you take the initiative to bring such needs to the instructor’s attention, as he/she are not legally permitted to inquire. Students who may require assistance in emergency evacuations should contact the instructor as to the most appropriate procedures to follow. Contact Accessibility Resource Center at 277-3506 for additional information.

    A Note About Sexual Violence and Sexual Misconduct: As a UNM faculty member, I am required to inform the Title IX Coordinator at the Office of Equal Opportunity ( of any report I receive of gender discrimination which includes sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and/or sexual violence. You can read the full campus policy regarding sexual misconduct. If you have experienced sexual violence or sexual misconduct, please ask a faculty or staff member for help or contact LOBORESPECT.

    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in academic and professional matters. The University reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, again st any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet the standards. Any student judged to have engaged in academic dishonesty in course work may receive a reduced or failing grade for the work in question and/or for the course.

    Citizenship and/or Immigration Status:  All students are welcome in this class regardless of citizenship, residency, or immigration status.  Your professor will respect your privacy if you choose to disclose your status.   As for all students in the class, family emergency-related absences are normally excused with reasonable notice to the professor, as noted in the attendance guidelines above.  UNM as an institution has made a core commitment to the success of all our students, including members of our undocumented community.  The Administration's welcome is found on our website .