Bilkent University     Department of Physics


Semester:Spring 2015
Instructor: Cemal Yalabik
Office: Room SA-228 Phone 1316
Office Hours: To be announced Room SA-228
All other times (if available -call 1316 to check)
Assistant: Ayse Yesil Phone: 2149 Room SA-203
About the course:
This is an introductory course on Quantum Mechanics intended for non-physics majors. It aims to build on Freshman level Physics and Calculus knowledge, an understanding of basic concepts of Quantum Mechanics. Additional required mathematical notions such as complex variables, eigenvalue problems and such will be introduced and developed when need arises. The basic postulates of the theory will be motivated through the historical and experimental perspective. It is hoped that an understanding of the quantum mechanical concepts will be developed through problem solving. Estimation of the "order of magnitude" of quantum effects will be emphasized, as well as formal solutions.

Once the fundamentals are covered, applications will be chosen to include modern topics such as quantum cryptography, quantum computing, and nano-systems. Aim is to impart to the students a level of understanding and interest in these topics which may be useful for them if they encounter these subjects in the future.



Homework: Policy Assignments
Exams & Grading: (You can prepare notes on a single sheet of paper to bring to the exams.)
First Exam % March 13 13:40 - 15:30 (SA-Z18)
Second Exam % April 10 13:40 - 15:30 (SA-Z18)
Final Exam % May 20 18:30 - 21:30 (SA-Z04)
Final (Retake) Exam % ?? ??:00 - ??:00 (??)
Homework+Quizzes %
Attendance % (Extra credit)
Course Schedule:
Tuesdays 15:40 - 16:30Room SA-Z18
Thursdays 13:40 - 15:30Room SA-Z18
Recitation:Tuesdays 16:40 - 17:30Room SA-Z18
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by A.C. Phillips

Homework for this week: There will be weekly homework assignments in this course. Homework is due on the Tuesday of the following week at 15:45, in class, before class starts.

Problem solving sessions: Occasionally, we will hold problem solving sessions, during the recitation hour. A problem will be asked, and all students will be expected to solve the problem on their own. You can use your textbooks or notes, but may not discuss the problem with your friends. You may discuss it with the instructor. You will have to complete the solution and hand it in during the session, your solution will be graded as a quiz.

You can view your grades through the Stars system.

FZ Policy
In order to get a D grade from this course, a student must show an overall achievement level of %. An important part of this achievement must be accumulated through regular studying, before taking the final exam. The student must demonstrate this by accumulating sufficient pre-final points from the first and second exams such that the overall average will be over % even if the remaining assessment grades (i.e. Homework+Quiz+Final) average to less than or equal to twice this pre-final grade. (Also, see below for the attendance requirement.)

Therefore a student cannot get a D grade if the pre-final achivement level is below % from the first and second exams.

This means, a student will receive the FZ grade (and will not be able to take the final exam) if the average is lower than % from the first and second exams! (If the average is %, the student will need to receive at least twice that: , from the remaining assesments (Homework+Quiz+Final) to get a D grade - attendance is extra credit - but it may also go negative! If you miss more than 6 hours of lectures, you will need to compensate that by assignments which will take much longer time to do, or you will get an FZ.)

Introduction (Planck, De Broglie, Bohr, Einstein)
Week Subject Chapter Exam 1 Mathematics of waves (Fourier) 2 & 3 Schrödinger Equation, Probability, expectation values, operators, and uncertainty (Heisenberg) 2 & 3 Stationary solutions, energy states 4 One dimensional problems: The square well
No Tuesday class
5 Review and exam 0-5 #1 One dimensional problems: Scattering and tunneling 5 One dimensional problem: The harmonic oscillator 6 Observables and operators (Dirac) 7 Review and exam 0-7 #2 Angular Momentum and Spin 8 & 10 Identical particles and Spin (Fermi, Pauli) 8 & 10 Entanglement & Bell's Inequality
No Friday class Entanglement & cryptography Entanglement & computation

References for the Quantum-... topics covered in the last weeks of the course:

The MIT version of this course:

Other interesting links:

Some relevant reading material from Bilkent Library: