Physics 481 - Quantum Mechanics II
Spring Semester, 2006

Classes meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11:00 - 11:50 am, in Physics 0043.
Office hours:  Monday and Wednesday, noon - 1 pm, A417 Zaffarano Physics Addition.

Course Web site:

Grading Scheme:
Problem Sets:          20 %
Student's Projects    10 %
Midterm Exam:        30 % (Example Physics 481 midterm exams: 2005, 2004)
Final Exam:              40 % (Example Physics 481 final exams: 2005, 2004)

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 have been on the faculty at Iowa State University since Fall 2002. I have taught Physics 481 for the first time spring 2004. This is the third time I am teaching Physics 481.

Campus Location:  A417 Zaffarano Physics Addition
Telephone: 294-3853
Office hours:  Monday and Wednesday, noon - 1 pm, A417 Zaffarano Physics Addition.

Schedule and Problem sets: A tentative schedule and the weely problem sets can he found here.

Required Textbook:  Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (second edition), David J. Griffiths, Prentice Hall, 2004.
In the Spring semester, we will cover Chapters 5 and 7 through 12. This will take us through approximately two thirds of the semester. The last third of the spring semester will be supplemented with additional topics and/or student presentations. For an approximate schedule and homework problems see here.

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:  January 9, 2006