PH3520 Quantum Physics (Spring 2010)

This is the homepage for the course PH3520 which I am teaching during Spring 2010 to undergraduate students with a minor in Physics at IIT Madras.

Objectives: This is the second course in the Physics minor stream at IIT Madras. It introduces the students to aspects of quantum mechanics.


Two scheduled quizzes* 13x2 26%
Three surprise quizzes* 13x2 26%
Final 48x1 48%
Total 100%

*Best four out of five quizzes contribute to the grade.


There will be several ungraded assignments that will be handed out to the student.

Notes and Handouts

Handout 1: Quantum Mechanics (a brief tour) || Dual Vector Spaces || Legendre polynomials from Gram-Schmidt Orthogonalization

Online Resources

Read chapters 2 and 3 of Jim Hefferon's free book on Linear Algebra
Prof. Balakrishnan's Resonance Article on the Dirac Delta Function;
Prof. Tan's notes on Fourier Series and Transforms;
Prof. Tan's notes on Hilbert Spaces;
Observe the Gibbs phenomenon in the Fourier Series for the square wave;

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