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PHYSICS 521: Fall 2023

schrodinger speaks

beautiful Weed

We will learn about the important role that symmetry plays.

Prof: M. Gold mgold@unm.edu Office  Office Hours:TBD 
TA: Namitha Pradeep namithapradeep@unm.edu Office Hours:TBD
Lectures: TR 1100-1215 PM RM 1140
Recitation 551 002: F 1100-1150 PM RM 1140

schedule  including lecture notesproblem sets and hw solutions

features  Quantum mechanics 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, tests, and final.

  • problems session:  PHYC 551  Participation is strongly encouraged.

  • Physics Links

    Texts: The purchase of any of these books is optional.

    Suggested #1:
    Principles of Quantum Mechanics (second edition)
    by R Shankar
    Publisher: Univ Science Books

    Suggested #2
    Quantum Mechanics
    by Eugene D. Commins

    Suggested #3
    Modern Quantum Mechanics
    by J.J. Sakurai
    also now in paperback

    Lectures on Quantum Mechanics
    Steven Weinberg
    Cambridge University Press, 2013

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