# PHYS 486 :: Physics Illinois :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

## Course Description

486 is an introduction to nonrelativistic quantum mechanics with focus on properties of quantum mechanical objects. Quantum dynamics are not part of this course, and covered in the follow-up course, 487. Main topics:

- The Schrodinger equation and it's properties; wave functions
- Single particles in 1D, examples include quantum harmonic oscillator and particle-in-a-box
- Quantum formalism: Hilbert space, operators
- Angular momentum, the Hydrogen atom, spin
- Identical particles
- A brief introduction to quantum information

4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: PHYS 214 and PHYS 435 or ECE 329.

## Textbook (required)

D. Griffiths, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, Third Edition

### Supplemental Texts:

These are other quantum physics textbooks that provide an alternative point of view to Griffiths:

- Sakurai, Modern Quantum Mechanics
- Gasiorowicz, Quantum Physics
- Bransden and Joachaim, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
- Cohen and Tannoudji, Quantum Mechanics
- Shankar, Principles of Quantum Mechanics
- Nielsen and Chuang, Quantum Computation and Quantum Information