An introduction to quantum theory, as formulated in the 1920's and 1930's by Born, Bohr, Schrödinger, Heisenberg, and others. Particular emphasis will be devoted to the failure of classical physics, the Bohr theory of the atom, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, the Schrödinger equation, and the atomic and molecular structure. The course will also provide a set of mathematical tools necessary to formulate problems in quantum mechanics, introducing methods of theoretical physics required to solve them as needed.
Prerequisites: Phys 117A and 118A or Phys 197 and 198. Concepts of calculus, differential equations, and complex numbers will be
used in this course.
Course Attributes: FA NSM; BU SCI; AR NSM; AS NSM; AS AN