Saturday, July 17, 2010

NUS Module Review: PC3130 Quantum Mechanics 2

Description:This module continues from PC2130 and prepares the student for PC4130. The general algebraic formalism of quantum mechanics is presented (Dirac's bra-ket notation). The ladder-operator treatment of harmonic oscillators is developed. After discussing the algebra of orbital angular momentum and the properties of spherical harmonics, the bound states of the hydrogen atom are studied. The algebraic structure of angular momentum is developed with emphasis on the addition of angular momentum. The properties of systems consisting of identical particles, including permutation symmetry, are studied.
3lecture hours per week
1tutorial hours per week
0lab hours per week
0hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
6hours for preparatory work by a student per week

Personal Experience:
I like Prof Oh and his teaching style, one thing you might notice is how slow the module keeps on dragging on something that you think you knew, but do pay attention as it is not so easy in the test as in the lectures.

Teaching Staff:
Prof Oh is a very good teacher, he explains everything and is very patient with the students! I highly recommend you attend every lecture and ask questions frequently.

Same as usual, lecture, tutorials no points. But 2 mid terms of 15% and 1 Final of 70%. Do read and understand well for this module.

2 Chapters of QM from the Griffiths textbook. But don't underestimate it, it is essential that you learn the method properly and seriously to get an A.

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