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 uncertainty principle (Notes) Review (Notes) 
G § 3; Appendix A

No homework this week 

7 
3 Oct 5 Oct 
MIDTERM I (Solution sketches) The Harmonic oscillator (Notes) 
G § 2.3 

8 
10 Oct 12 Oct 
The Harmonic oscillator (Notes) The Schrodinger Equation in 3D (Notes) 
G § 2.3 G § 4.1 

9 
17 Oct 19 Oct 
G § 4.3 
No homework this week 

10 
24 Oct 26 Oct 
Review
MIDTERM II (Solution sketches) 

No discussion this week 
No homework this week 
11 
31 Oct 02 Nov 
Radial Equation and Hydrogen Atom (Notes) Spin (Notes) 
G § 4.14.2 G § 4.4 

12 
07 Nov 09 Nov 
G § 4.4 

13 
14 Nov 16 Nov 
G § 5.15.2 


FALL BREAK 

14 
28 Nov 30 Nov 
Entanglement (Notes) No lecture 
G § 12 
Discussion 12: Q&A and review of materials 
No homework this week 
15 
05 Dec 
Entanglement, measurement, quantum vs classical (Notes) 




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