5.73 Introductory Quantum Mechanics I

As taught in: Fall 2002

Time dependent Schrodinger equation for one spatial dimension.

Time dependent Schrodinger equation for one spatial dimension. (Image courtesy of MIT OpenCourseWare.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. Robert Field

Course Features

Course Description

5.73 covers fundamental concepts of quantum mechanics: wave properties, uncertainty principles, Schrodinger equation, and operator and matrix methods. Basic applications of the following are discussed: one-dimensional potentials (harmonic oscillator), three-dimensional centrosymetric potentials (hydrogen atom), and angular momentum and spin. The course also examines approximation methods: WKB method, variational principle, and perturbation theory.

Acknowledgement

The instructor would like to acknowledge Peter Giunta for preparing the original version of the materials for 5.73.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .nb.