From Classical Physics Into the Quantum World
The course will focus on a simple system, that of a magnetic dipole moment and its interaction with an external magnetic field. Despite its simplicity this system is incredibly important, both in its relevance to current day research as well as a clear lens through which much of the strangeness of quantum mechanics can come into a sharp focus.
The course outline can be found here.
The lectures notes will be posted after class and can be found under lectures.
The course will be pass/fail.
Your pass/fail grade will be based on attendance (50%) and one short writeup of at least three pages (50%). You can find a list of topics for the write-up following this link.
Office Hours (ABB-321)
Monday 2:30 PM
Wednesday 2:30 PM
If you have any questions about the course, please send me emails to my McMaster address. Things are generally busy, so I won’t be able to respond immediately to all inquiries, but I will respond by my e-mail hours listed below.
Monday 10:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 PM
Mini Schedule – Spring 2015
Date Topic Chapter
Mon, 5 Jan Magnetic Dipole Moment - A simple system 1
Mon, 19 Jan Quantum spin - The quantum surprise 2
Mon, 2 Feb Quantum observables - What can be measured? 3
Mon, 23 Feb TBA - TBA 4
Mon, 9 Mar TBA - TBA 5
Mon, 23 Mar TBA - TBA 6