Spring Semester 2007

Classes meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11:00 - 11:50 am, in Physics 0043.

Office hours: Monday and Wednesday, noon - 1 pm, A417 Zaffarano.

**Course Web site:** http://www.public.iastate.edu/~prell/physics481-2007/index.html

**Grading Scheme:**

Problem Sets:
15 %

Student's Projects 10 %

Classroom participation 5 %

Midterm Exam: 30 % (Example Physics 481 midterm exams:
2006, 2005, 2004)

Final Exam: 40 % (Example Physics 481 final exams:
2006, 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 fourth time I am teaching Physics 481.

Campus Location: A417 Zaffarano

Telephone: 294-3853

E-mail: prell@iastate.edu.edu

Office hours: Monday and Wednesday, noon - 1 pm, A417 Zaffarano

**Grader:**
Kim Arvidsson

Email: kima@iastate.edu

**Schedule and Problem sets:** A tentative schedule and the weekly 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).

- The Feynman Lectures in Physics, Volume III, Feynman, Leighton and Sands.
- Quantum Mechanics, Cohen-Tannoudji, Diu and Laloe.
- Introductory Quantum Mechanics, Richard L. Liboff, 3rd ed., QC174.12.L52
- Quantum Physics, Stephen Gasiorowicz, 2nd ed., QC174.12.G37 1996
- Modern Quantum Mechanics, Jun J. Sakurai, Rev. ed., QC174.12.S251994

- "Table of Physical Constants" (from the Particle Data Group web site): http://pdg.lbl.gov/2006/reviews/consrpp.pdf
- Table of Basic Integrals: http://www.math.unb.ca/sections/integrals/
- "The Integrator" web page from Mathematica: http://integrals.wolfram.com/(an alternative to mathematical tables of integrals)
- Look-up Table of Integrals: http://torte.cs.berkeley.edu:8010/tilu
- Pocket Book of Integrals and Mathematical Formulas (Third Edition), by Ronald J. Tallarida (Amazon price:$25.00)

*Page Author: Soeren Prell*

*Last Significant Update: January 2, 2007*