- University of Maryland, College Park -

Spring 2010

Class: M 3-4:50PM, WF 3-3:50PM in PHYS 1402
Instructor: Prof. Ian Appelbaum
Office Hours: Anytime at Physics 1368 (CNAM annex)
Phone: x5-0890
email: appelbaum at OR appeli at

TA: Tung-Chang Liu (tcliu at Office 0104 / x5-8577
Office hour: Thurs 9AM


Course Notes (Compiled from lectures below, 11MB)





Finite Differences HW1 solution Photoelectric effect 1: History (1/25)
Infinite Square WellHW2 solutionelectron interference movie2: Differential Equations, complex numbers, and Fourier Transforms (1/27)
Finite Square WellHW3 solutionFFT lab3: Fourier Transforms, Gaussians, and the "Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle" (1/29)
Harmonic OscillatorHW4 solutionphoton interference4: Differential eigenvalue problem, finite differences, and Hermitian algebra (2/1)
Periodic Potential: BandstructureHW5 solutionElectron interference5: Matter interferometry and the Schrödinger wave equation (2/3)
Transmission: Transfer MatrixHW6 solution6: Wave function, the free particle, observables, and the time-independent SE (2/15)
Transmission: Finite DifferencesHW7 solution7: Infinite square well and boundary conditions (2/17)
Current-VoltageHW8 solution8: Numerical solution and boundary condition exception (2/19)
CompletenessHW9 solution9: Electrons in a periodic potential (2/22)
Infinite Cubical WellHW10 solution10: Finite differences calculation of bandstructure (2/24)
3-D spherical wellHW11 solution11: Harmonic Oscillator: ladder operators (2/26)
3-D Harmonic OscillatorHW1212: Harmonic Oscillator: ladder operators 2 (3/1)
Addition of angular momentumHW13 solutionExam 1 (3/5)
13: Scattering: Reflection and Transmission from Step Potential (3/10)
extra codes14: Scattering from Delta Potential and Transfer Matrices (3/12)
15: Tunneling, resonance, coupling, and Bloch state formation (3/22)
16: Scattering in finite differences I (3/24)
17: Scattering in finite differences II (3/26)
18: Electron Transport: Current-Voltage relations (3/29)
19: Transport in 2D conductors (3/31)
20: Hilbert spaces and Dirac notation (4/2)
Exam 2 (4/5)
21: Dirac notation/ Hilbert space example (4/7)
22: Classical wave eqn in spherical curvilinear coordinates (4/9)
23: Spherical Harmonics (4/12)
24: 3-d Schrödinger equation in spherical curvilinear coordinates and the Radial Equation (4/14)
25: 3-d Schrödinger equation in Cartesian coordinates (4/16)
26: Finite Differences in 3-d (4/19)
27: 3-d Harmonic Oscillator and Infinite spherical well (4/21)
28: Infinite spherical well: Numerical results (4/23)
29: Classical and Semiclassical models for the Hydrogen atom (4/26)
30: Quantum Mechanical model for the Hydrogen atom I (4/28)
31: Quantum Mechanical model for the Hydrogen atom II (4/30)
32: "Normal" Zeeman effect (5/3)
33: Relativistic Quantum Mechanics (5/5)
34: Stern-Gerlach Experiment and Electron Spin (5/7)
35: Spin eigenstates, Precession, and "Anomalous" Zeeman Effect (5/10)
FINAL (5/15)
Appendix: Relativistic corrections: Spin-Orbit splitting in B=0


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