University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Phys 2601.001

Quantum Physics

Class Details

  • Session: Spring 2012 (1/17-5/04)
  • Instructor: James Kakalios (e-mail: kakalios @ umn.edu)
  • Time: 1220 WThF
  • Location: Phys 131

Class Description

This is a one semester course giving an overview of the concepts that have dominated contemporary physics and technology. It is designed for science and engineering students who have successfully completed Physics 2503, 2403H or the equivalent. The course begins with an exploration of phenomena that can only be explained using quantum ideas including quantum statistics, giving rise to the Schrodinger Equation. The solutions to the Schrodinger Equation under different constraints are explored and compared to observations. Applications of quantum mechanics are used to explain the structure of atoms, molecules, and nuclei; the properties of conductors, semiconductors, and superconductors; the evolution of the universe; and the most fundamental constituents of nature. A laboratory, 2605, (required for physics majors) explores the same ideas in concrete situations and should be taken concurrently. A discussion section will give you the opportunity to discuss your conceptual understanding and practice your problem solving skills.

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