Bilkent University     Department of Physics


Semester:Fall 2014
Instructor: Cemal Yalabik
Office: Room SA-228 Phone 1316
Office Hours: Thursdays16:40 - 17:30 Room SA-228
Fridays16:40 - 17:30Room SA-228
All other times (if available -
call 1316 to check)  
Room SA-228
Homework: Policy Assignments
Exams & Grading: (You can prepare notes on a single sheet of paper to bring to the exam.)
First Exam % Oct. 16 15:40 - 17:30 (SA-Z20)
Second Exam % Nov. 27 15:40 - 17:30 (SA-Z20)
Final Exam % Jan. 5 15:30 - 17:30 (SA-Z02/SA-Z03/SA-Z04)
Final (Retake) Exam % Jan. ?? ??:00 - ??:30 (S?-Z??)
Homework+Quizzes %
+ Participation etc.
Course Schedule:
Tuesdays 13:40 - 15:30Room SA-Z20
Thursdays 15:40 - 16:30Room SA-Z20
Recitation:Thursdays 16:40 - 17:30Room SA-Z20
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by Griffiths

Homework for this week: There will be weekly homework assignments in this course. Homework is due on the Tuesday of the following week at 13:45, 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.

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 and the homework+quizzes such that the overall average will be over % if the final exam grade is less than or equal to twice the 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 and the homework.

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 and the homework+quizzes! (If the average is %, the student will need to receive at least twice that: , from the final exam to get a D grade - attendance+participation 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.)

You can calculate the sub-average of your grades related to the FZ grade through this link.

Mathematical preliminariesThe wave function
Preliminaries: probability, statistical interpretation Momentum, the uncertainty principle Time-independent Schrodinger equation
Stationary states, the infinite square well
No Tuesday class (First exam)
Free particle, other simple potentials The harmonic oscillator The harmonic oscillator
No Tuesday Class The harmonic oscillator Formalism
The Hilbert space Observables and their relations to eigenvalues and eigenvectors Observables and their relations to eigenvalues and eigenvectors
Second Exam
Week Subject Exam #1 #2
The uncertainty principle; Dirac notation Quantum Mechanics in three dimensions
The Schrodinger Equation in spherical coordinates The Schrodinger Equation in spherical coordinates
applet (Choose "complex orbitals") Angular momentum
No Thursday class Angular momentum
Tuesday class only

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