Date | Topic | Reading |
8/20 | Scope and Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics, | |
Course Outline, Applications of Quantum | ||
Mechanics | ||
8/22 | Historical first steps towards QM: | 3-30 |
UV catastrophe, Photoelectric effect, H atom | ||
spectrum, quantization, Bohr model | ||
8/24 | Wave-particle duality, interpretation | 30-39 |
of Bohr model, uncertainty principle | ||
8/27 | Waves and the Classical Wave Equation | 47-64 |
8/29 | The Schrödinger Equation | 77-85, 120-123 |
(time-independent and time-dependent) | ||
8/31 | Particle in a box, Free particle | 85-101 |
9/3 | Labor Day (School Holiday) | |
9/5 | Operators and Commutators | 126-133,135-140 |
Handout | ||
9/7 | Uncertainty Principles | |
9/10 | Test I | |
9/12 | Postulates of Quantum Mechanics | 113-125 |
9/14 | Superpositions of States | 120-123,133-135 |
9/17 | Harmonic Oscillator I: Classical HO | 153-162 |
9/19 | Harmonic Oscillator II: Quantum HO | 175-180, Mz. 53-61 |
9/21 | Harmonic Oscillator III: Properties of | 163-184 |
HO wavefunctions | ||
9/24 | Harmonic Oscillator IV: Vibrational spectra | 163-165 |
9/26 | 3D Systems. Separability of coordinates, | 195-206 |
3D particle in a box | ||
9/28 | Rigid Rotor, Spherical Harmonics | 206-217 |
10/1 | Angular Momentum | 217-221, Mz. 187-190 |
10/3 | Test II | |
10/5 | Vibrational-Rotational Spectra I | 437-449 |
10/8 | Fall Break | |
10/10 | Vibrational-Rotational Spectra II: | 449-460 |
Higher-order terms | ||
10/12 | Hydrogen Atom I | 221-225 |
10/15 | Hydrogen Atom II | 225-242 |
10/17 | Approx. Methods I: Perturbation Theory | 242-243, 255-262 |
10/19 | Approx. Methods II: Variational Methods | 262-276 |
10/22 | Linear Variation Method and Secular Determinants | |
10/24 | Atoms I. Atomic Hamiltonian, Atomic units | 287-294 |
10/26 | Intro to Hartree-Fock method, spin | 295-301 |
10/29 | Antisymmetry, Slater Determinants | 301-313 |
10/31 | Atoms II. Electron configurations and | 313-326, Handout |
term symbols, Aufbau principle | ||
11/2 | Atoms III. Hund's rules, | 319-329 |
Spin-orbit effects | ||
11/5 | Molecules. Born-Oppenheimer Approximation, | 343-358 |
Valence-bond theory | ||
11/7 | LCAO MO Treatment of H | 358-369 |
11/9 | Diatomics: Molecular orbitals, term symbols | 369-390, Handout |
11/12 | Diatomics II | |
11/14 | Polyatomics: Hybrid orbitals, term symbols | 396-409,457-460 |
11/16 | Test III | |
11/19 | Introduction to Group Theory | Handout |
11/21 | Electronic Spectra | 460-484 |
11/23 | Thanksgiving break | |
11/26 | Introduction to Statistical Mechanics | Smith Ch. 1 |
Scope, Ensemble averages, Goals | Atkins Ch. 19 | |
11/28 | Canonical ensemble, Boltzmann distribution, | Smith Ch. 1 |
Ensemble partition functions | Atkins Ch. 19 | |
11/30 | Partition functions for indistinguishable | Smith Ch. 4 |
particles and thermo properties | Atkins Ch. 20 | |
(e.g., , , , , , ) | ||
12/3 | Molecular partition functions, ideal gas | Smith Ch. 4 |
law from stat mech + particle in a box | Atkins Ch. 20 | |
12/5 | Quantum contributions to partition functions | Smith Ch. 5 |
and thermo properties | Atkins Ch. 20 | |
12/7 | Finish and Review |