Bilkent University     Department of Physics


Semester:Fall 2018
Instructor: Cemal Yalabik
Office: Room SA-228 Phone 1316
Office Hours: Thursdays12:40 - 13:30 Room SA-228
All other times (if available -
call 1316 to check)  
Room SA-228
Assistant: Sina Gholizadeh
Homework: Policy Assignments
Exams & Grading: "Cheat sheets" will not be allowed during the exams, but you will be provided with sufficient information for solving the problems without memorization.

There is an attendance requirement for this course: A student may not miss more than 6 hours of class in order to pass the course. Further absences may be compensated by completing assignments which will take much longer time than the corresponding class time.

First Exam % Thursday, October 25 10:40 - 12:30 (Note [1])
Second Exam % Thursday, November 29 10:40 - 12:30 (Note [1])
Final Exam % ??, January ? ??:?? - ??:?? (S?-Z??)
Homework/Quiz/Participation %
Note [1]: Last Names A-D Room SB-Z10
Last Names E-Z Room SA-Z20
Course Schedule:
First meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 9:40 - 10:30 in SA-Z20
Tuesdays  9:40 - 10:30Room SA-Z20
Thursdays 10:40 - 12:30Room SA-Z20
Recitation:Tuesdays  8:40 -  9:30Room 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 8:45, 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 from the remaining assesments [Homework+Quiz+Final] to get a D grade.)

Furthermore, there is an attendance requirement: If you miss more than 6 hours of lectures, you will need to compensate that by completing assignments which will take much longer time to do, or you will get an FZ.

Information about the attendance compensation homework:

Students who have missed more than 6 hours of class should contact me and obtain their individual assignments before Friday, December 14th. (Absences after that date cannot be compensated!) The completed assignments, written in latex and generated in pdf format should be e-mailed as well as brought to me in printed form no later than 24th of December, 2018. In order for the assignment to be found satisfactory for compensation, the problem(s) assigned must be solved comprehensively, with numerical analysis if an analytic solution is not possible.


Mathematical preliminariesThe wave function
Preliminaries: probability, statistical interpretation Momentum, the uncertainty principle Time-independent Schrodinger equation
Stationary states, the infinite square well Free particle, other simple potentials
First exam The harmonic oscillator The harmonic oscillator The harmonic oscillator Formalism
The Hilbert space Observables and their relations to eigenvalues and eigenvectors
Second Exam
Week Subject Exam #1 #2 Observables and their relations to eigenvalues and eigenvectors
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")

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