Physics 828  (Winter 2011)

Quantum Mechanics II

Lectures: Mon. & Wed. 2:30 - 3:18 and Fri. 1:30 - 3:18 in Bolz Hall 317                  
Instructor: Mohit Randeria           email:                  

This is the second course in a three-quarter sequence designed primarily for graduate students in Physics 

The third course Ph 829 will be offered in Spring 2011.                  


(1) Physics 827 (Autumn 2010).  

(2) Special functions (e.g., Legendre polynomials, spherical harmonics, Bessel functions) and solution of partial differential equations for Phys 828 and 829. These topics were covered in E & M, Phys 834 taught by Prof. Heinz in Autumn 2010.

Syllabus: Outline of topics to be covered this quarter.

The Text Book for Physics 827, 828 and 829 will be                                   

"Principles of Quantum Mechanics" (2nd Edition) by R. Shankar, (Springer, 1994) [ISBN 0-306-44790-8] 

Although I will follow Shankar's development of the subject in general, I may also deviate from the book on several points, most particularly in the discussion of two-level systems and some elementary ideas about quantum computation.                        

Other useful references:

"Quantum Mechanics" Vols. I & II by C. Cohen-Tannoudji, B. Diu and F. Laloe, (John Wiley & Sons, NY, 1977).

"Lectures on Quantum Mechanics" by G. Baym, (W.A. Benjamin, NY, 1969).

"Feynman Lectures on Physics" Vol. III by R.P. Feynman, R.B. Leighton and M. Sands, (Addison Wesley, Reading, Mass., 1965).


Exam Schedule:

All Examinations will be closed-book and no notes will be permitted.

Office Hours: Thursdays, PRB 2024 8:30 - 9:30 AM (or by appointment)

Home Work Assignments   

Home work will be assigned on a regular basis throughout the quarter.

Homeworks should be placed in the grader's mailbox in PRB.

Grader:  Naveen Ramalingam, Room PRB 3012 (

You will be able to download the problem sets from here as they are available. 


HW#1    (due 1/14)

HW#2    (due 1/21)

HW#3    (due 1/28)

HW#4    (due 2/4)

HW#5    (due 2/25)

HW#6    (due 3/4)

HW#7    (due 3/11)


If you have any questions about this Class, please contact me:

Office : Physics Research Building, Room 2024
Phone: 292 2457