Physics 603 Course Information - Fall 2005


Name In charge of Phone e-mail Office Hours
Prof. B. Janko Lectures &
Phys. 603 overall
1-8049 After class or by appt 
@ 333D NSH
Mr. Sandor Volkan-Kacso Grader 1-4088 TBA
@ 339c NSH

Course Description: Physics 603, Quantum Mechanics III

Prerequisites for PHYS 603: Quantum Mechanics I and II  (Phys 507 and 508), Methods of Theoretical Physics (Phys. 503).

Topics (approximate):

I. Identical particles and second quantization
II. Many particle quantum mechanics (Atoms, molecules, Fermi gas, BCS theory, etc.)
III. Relativistic quantum mechanics: Klein-Gordon Equation, Dirac Equation

NOTE: This course could be quite time intensive. Depending on your background, it could easily reach 3 hours of preparation  per lecture-hour, that is, 7-8 hours a week. Please plan accordingly.
Materials: There is no particular textbook for this course, but there are many useful books you may wish to consult. For example: The web page for this course will be updated regularly with new information and resources. Please plan to check this regularly for announcements.

Lectures: The lectures are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm in 118 NSH. Please consult the course schedule for more information. Lectures will be taught somewhat interactively, with some student involvement. Professor Janko will be available before and after the lectures to answer quick questions.

Homework problems:  One homework set approximately every 7-10 days.  The solutions must be turned in on due date. There will be penalty for late homework solutions. No homework will be accepted after the solution set is handed out during class. Problems should be neatly written, in the order assigned, on 8.5 x 11 pages stapled together (no torn edges or paperclips).

You MUST explain your steps, and lead the reader through your solution with sentences, phrases, etc., as if you would be writing a scientific paper. A pile of formulae on a piece of paper is NOT an acceptable style for the homework solutions.

When preparing a homework please make sure you observe the rules (see below) for collaborative work compatible with the Honor Code of the University. Solutions are posted on the web page after the due date, and you are strongly encouraged to check your solutions against those posted.

Exams: The midterm is scheduled for Thursday, October 13, in class (11:00 am), and the final will be administered on Monday, December 12, 2005, between 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Exams are  open book and possibly 'take-home': your lecture notes and one textbook (from a list of books to be specified before the exam) can accompany you during your exams. Honesty is expected and under the honor system the primary responsibility for regulation lies with the students (see below).
Grading scheme: Your final grade will be based on your overall performance in all the course related activities. The numerical grade is calculated at the end of the semester is calculated as a weighted average of your scores obtained during the following activities or exams:

Activity/Examination  Frequency/Date Weight (%)
Class Participation Lectures See below
Homework Weekly (approximate) 40
Midterm  In-class (75 min) or take-home, Thursday Oct. 13 30
Final Exam  120 min, in-class or 'take-home', Monday, December 12,
10:30 am - 12:30 pm 
The letter grade scale will be based on the performance of the class as a whole. Please refer to the following table to get some idea of the correspondence between the letter grade and the expected level of performance in Physics 603.

Letter Grade
  • Has a firm understanding of all concepts covered in class,
  • Has a global understanding of the interconnected nature of laws and principles learned during the entire semester,
  • Can solve most problems, new or similar to those discussed in class and in homework.
  • Has a firm understanding of most concepts,
  • Recognizes some relationships between laws and principles learned in different chapters,
  • Can solve most problems that are similar to those discussed in class/homework, and some of the new problems,
  • Has a reasonable understanding of most concepts,
  • Recognizes some relationships between laws and principles learned in the same chapters,
  • Can solve only problems that are similar to those discussed in class/homework,
  • Has a limited understanding of some concepts,
  • Recognizes only a few relationships between laws and principles learned in the same chapters,
  • Can solve only the simplest problems,
  • Attends all lectures, makes genuine efforts to complete all homework problems
  • Little or no understanding of the concepts and phenomena,
  • Routinely misses lectures, and/or homework assignments.

Honor Code: As a precondition for your admission to the University of Notre Dame, you agreed to abide by the University's Academic Code of Honor. Specifically, you pledged not to receive or give unauthorized aid on a exam, quiz, lab report, or homework assignment. While collaboration is encouraged in class and during the discussion sessions, please make sure you observe the following rules:

Any suspected violation of the Honor Code will be turned over to the Departmental Honesty Committe for investigation. Penalties can be as severe as dismissal from the University.