Physics 480 - Quantum Mechanics
Fall Semester, 2004

Classes meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 - 10:50 a.m., in Physics 0043.
Office hours:  Monday and Wednesday, 11:00 am - noon, Room A17,  Physics Addition.

Course Web site:

Grading Scheme:
Problem Sets:      30 %
Midterm Exam:    30 %
Final Exam:          40 %

Instructor:  Prof. Soeren Prell
My research is in experimental elementary particle physics.  I am a member of the BABAR collaboration at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, an international, 600-person collaboration studying fundamental differences between the way matter and antimatter evolve in time (CP violation). I am on the faculty at Iowa State University since Fall 2002. I have taught Physics 481 this spring. This is my first semester teaching Physics 480.
Campus Location:  Room A417, Physics Addition
Telephone: 294-3853
Office hours:  Monday and Wednesday, 11:00 am - noon, Room A17,  Physics Addition.

Grader:  Eon Deok Mun

Required Textbook:  Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (second edition), David J. Griffiths, Prentice Hall, 2004.
In the Fall semester, we will cover Chapters 1 through 4 and 6. For an approximate schedule and homework problems see here.
This book will also be the text for part of physics course 481. There will be additional supplements for 481.

Other Recommended Textbooks for Reference:
I highly recommend that you read other quantum mechanics texts to get a different perspective on the same material.  You should peruse several of the textbooks listed below to find the style that suits you best.  We will sometimes use supplementary material from the second book in the list (Cohen-Tannoudji), especially in Physics 481..

Useful Resources for Physical Constants and Integral Tables:
  1. "Table of Physical Constants" (from the Particle Data Group web site):
  2. Table of Basic Integrals:
  3. "The Integrator" web page from Mathematica: (an alternative to mathematical tables of integrals)
  4. Look-up Table of Integrals:
  5. Pocket Book of Integrals and Mathematical Formulas (Third Edition), by Ronald J. Tallarida (Amazon Price: $22.00)

Page Author:  Soeren Prell
Last Significant Update:  August 12, 2004