Quantum Mechanics II
Physics 487



Tue/Thu 11:00-12:20

Paul Dirac (L) and Richard Feynman at a conference on relativity, Warsaw, 1962


Loomis 136


Prof. Doug Beck
401A Loomis
Office Hours:
Wed: 2:30-Colloquium


Julian May-Mann  (Disc)
D0/D1 Wed. Loomis 136
Office hours: Mon. 4:00-5:00 204E LLP 


Han-Yi Chou (HW)
Office hours: Mon. 5:00-6:00 204E LLP

Zejun Liu (HW)
Office hours: Mon. 3:00-4:00 204E LLP


Quantum mechanics and time.  Prerequisite Phys. 486 or equivalent. 
We will introduce: 1) time-dependent perturbation theory, 2) path integrals, and 3) relativistic quantum mechanics.

Course Material

We will use byteShelf; to get started just click on the link!
We will also have a peer-to-peer class forum using Piazza.  Discuss with your classmates, post your questions, explanations, points of interest, etc.

HW, Disc,
Exam Submission

All at the assignment upload page.  Choose Phys and 487 from the dropdown menus.

Download discussion problems and exams from box.





The course will comprise weekly homework (25%), final exam (25%), two midterm exams (10% each), pre-class reading and checkpoint questions (10%), discussion problems (10%) and class participation (10, 9, 7, 4, 0% for 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 absences), recorded in the course gradebook.  The late homework policy is 20% reduction if submitted less than 2 weeks late and before the final course deadline, whichever is earlier.  There are bonus points (maximum 3%) for checkpoint questions answered correctly in class.  The (lower) grade boundaries will be A+ (97), A (94), A- (91), B+ (88), B (85), B- (82), C+ (78), C (74), C- (70), D+ (66), D (62), D- (58), F (54)


R. Shankar, “Principles of Quantum Mechanics”, 2nd edition (required).
We will use i>clickers (available at bookstores if you don’t have one)—please go to the gradebook to register your i>clicker before Feb. 15.


Just in case

Emergency resources


on reserve at the Grainger Library.  Books with * are among my favorites

530.12G875I2005   Griffiths, David J.;   Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 2nd Edition

*530.12B34L1973   Baym, Gordon;   Lectures on Quantum Mechanics

*530.12L231QES1977   Landau, Lev Davidovich;  Quantum Mechanics: Non-Relativistic Theory 3rd ed. (also on-line electronic resource)

530F438fv.3   Feynman, Richard;   Feynman Lectures on Physics v.3

530.12EI81Q1985   Eisberg/Resnick;   Quantum Physics: Of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles, 2nd Edition

511.8N554Q   Nielsen, Michael A.;   Quantum Computation and Quantum Information (also on-line electronic resource)

*530.12C66MEH v.1  Cohen/Tannoudji;   Quantum Mechanics, v.1

*530.12c66meh  v.2  Cohen-Tannoudji/Diu/Laloe; Quantum Mechanics, v.2

530.12T664m   Townsend, John;   Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics

530.12R219h   Razavy, Mohsen;   Heisenberg's Quantum Mechanics
(also on-line electronic resource)

530.12F418q2001   Ferry, David K.;   Quantum Mechanics: An Introduction for Device Physicists and Electrical Engineers, 2nd Edition (also on-line electronic resource)

*530.12 Sa2m2011Sakurai, J. J. and Napolitano, J Modern Quantum Mechanics

*QC174.45 .S28 Sakurai, J. J Advanced Quantum Mechanics

*530.12 F43Q Feynman, R. P. and Hibbs, A. R. Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals

Gozzi, E, Cattaruzza, E and Pagani C Path Integrals for Pedestrians

530.12 K662p2004 Kleinert, H Path Integrals in Quantum Mechanics, Statistics, Polymer Physics, and Financial Markets

*530.12 B55R Bjorken, J. D. and Drell, S. D Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

NOT on reserve

*539.1 SCH3Q Schiff, Leonard Quantum Mechanics

*530.12 M55Q Merzbacher, Eugen Quantum Mechanics

*539.1 D62p1958 Dirac, Paul The Principles of Quantum Mechanics

*530.12 M56met1961 Messiah, Albert Quantum Mechanics v.1&2

510.2453 M42M1970 Mathews, J and Walker, R Mathematical Methods of Physics

*537.6 J13C1975 Jackson, J. D. Classical Electrodynamics

531 G57c1980 Goldstein, H Classical Mechanics

*QA805.L2832007 Landau, L. D. and Lifshitz E. M Mechanics

530.143 P437I Peskin, M. E. and Schroeder, D. V. An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory