PHYS 486 :: Physics Illinois :: University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign
Schedule
The table below shows the topics we will cover in the course.
Exact lecture dates for the topics may still shift, though.
Last updated: Aug 29, 2023.
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The reading assignments are strongly recommended accompanying reading to the lectures. "G" in the reading assignments refers to Griffiths (Introduction to Quantum Mechanics).
Week  Date  Topic  Recommended reading  Discussions  Homework 

1 
22 Aug 24 Aug 
Introduction (Notes) Schrodinger equation and wave function (Notes) 
G Preface, 
no discussion 
no homework 
2 
29 Aug 31 Aug 
Schrodinger equation and wave function (Notes) Solving the timeindependent Schrodinger equation (Notes) 
G § 1.11.5 G § 2.1 

3 
05 Sep 07 Sep 
Solving the timeindependent Schrodinger equation 
G § 2.2, 2.6 

4 
12 Sep 14 Sep 
G § 3; Appendix A 

5 
19 Sep 21 Sep 
G § 3; Appendix A 

6 
26 Sep 28 Sep 
The formalism of quantum mechanics Review 
G § 3; Appendix A

No homework this week 

7 
3 Oct 5 Oct 
MIDTERM I The Uncertainty Principle 
G § 3.5 
Discussion 6 
HW5 (due 10/10/2023) 
8 
10 Oct 12 Oct 
The Harmonic Oscillator The Schrodinger Equation in 3D 
G § 2.3 G § 4.1 
Discussion 7 
HW6 (due 10/17/2023) 
9 
17 Oct 19 Oct 
Angular Momentum 
G § 4.3 
Discussion 8 
No homework this week 
10 
24 Oct 26 Oct 
Review MIDTERM II 

No discussion this week 
No homework this week 
11 
31 Oct 02 Nov 
Radial Equation and Hydrogen Atom Spin 
G § 4.14.2 G § 4.4 
Discussion 9 
HW7 (due 11/7/2023) 
12 
07 Nov 09 Nov 
Spin 
G § 4.4 
Discussion 10 
HW8 (due 11/14/2023) 
13 
14 Nov 16 Nov 
Identical particles 
G § 5.15.2 
Discussion 11 
HW9 (due 11/28/2023) 

FALL BREAK 

14 
28 Nov 30 Nov 
Entanglement and Quantum Information 
G § 12 
Discussion 12 
No homework this week 
15 
05 Dec 
Review 




08 Dec 
FINAL EXAM: Dec 8, 1:30pm 