Course Announcement for Spring 2000
Special Topics

 
COURSE PREFIX/NUMBER:    MAT 494 D
TITLE OF COURSE:                    Mathematics of Quantum Mechanics
INSTRUCTOR:                             Dr. Sergei K. Suslov
TIME:                                            12:40-1:30, MWF
LOCATION:                                  PSH 433
LINE #:                                           28880

 
COURSE DESCRIPTION

The main purpose of this course is to help beginners explore the World of Quantum Mechanics, one of the most important scientific discoveries of this century, and a subject that is very important in the education of student majoring in science or engineering.

This course uses mathematical methods which are not always part of the usual course sequence. It is designed as an introduction to quantum  mechanics, with emphasis on the mathematical aspects of the theory. This includes the Schrödinger equation, the WKB approximation, angular momentum and spin, some applications of the theory of symmetry in quantum mechanics, motion in a magnetic field and, if time permits, the Dirac equation and/or other topics in relativistic theory.

All mathematical tools (aspects of analytic function theory, orthogonal polynomials, special functions, group representations, and asymptotic methods) will be introduced as needed.

PREREQUISITES: MAT 272 and 342.

TEXTBOOK:
E. Merzbacher, Quantum Mechanics, Wiley, New York, 1998;
or any other similar textbook on non-relativistic quantum mechanics.

RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENTARY BOOKS:
I. I. Gol'dman and V. D. Krivchenkov, Problems in Quantum Mechanics,
Dover, New York, 1993;
S. Flugge, Practical Quantum Mechanics, Springer, 1999
(reprint of the 1994 edition);
L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, Quantum Mechanics,
Third revised edition 1977, reprinted by Butterworth-Heinemann, 1998

For more information contact Sergei Suslov:
office:    PSA 629,
phone # 965-8987
e-mail:   sks@asu.edu,
URL:     http://www.public.asu.edu/~sergei/