Course Overview
Course Description
Objectives
The goals of this course are to teach you the basic concepts of quantum mechanics and to
make you adept in solving relevant problems.
Textbook
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, David J. Griffiths, Second Edition,
Chapters to be covered: 14
Instructor Information
Research Fields
Theoretical Atomic Physics and Quantum Information
Marianna Safronova's Research web site
Course Requirements
Assignments
Homework
Homework is generally assigned each Tuesday. It is due next Tuesday.
The homework is to be either brought to the lecture or put in my
mailbox before physics office (Sharp 217) closes (about 4:30 – 5pm) on Tuesday.
Quizzes
Graded quizzes (2025 minutes, 1 problem) will be given at most of Tuesday lectures
starting February 17. Exact dates are listed in the lecture schedule.
All quiz problems are always taken from the current homework.
Interactive lectures
I will frequently give problems to solve during lectures (not graded), or ask questions.
The entire class is expected to work out the problems (with my assistance).
Students will also participate in derivation of some formulas during class (with detalied instruction and my assistance).
Therefore, please have a few pieces of paper and a calculator during each lecture.
Exams
Format
There will be one 3 closed book exams during the course but no separate final. Students can select 3 out of 4 problems to solve in each exam.
Each exam will include the material coved during the respective part of the course and contribute equally to the grade.
Dates (tentative)
Exam 1: March 10 or 12
Exam 2: April 16
Exam 3: May 14
Location: Usual class room (Sharp 122)
Course Policies & Grading
Course Policies
Making up a quiz or exam and Late homework
Only excused absences are eligible for making up a quiz, exam, or submitting late homework.
If you miss quiz or exam or are unable to submit homework on time due to an excused absence
you have to notify me by email and schedule a make up as soon as you can.
No make ups (and late homework returns) will be scheduled after one week
passes from the day of your absence unless special circumstances are present.
If you anticipate a conflict ahead of time, then you should let me know in advance that you will or may be absent.
University policies ( http://www.udel.edu/provost/fachb/III1lattendance.html ) outline the criteria for an excused absence.
Academic Honesty
Student Guide to University Policies: Code of Student Conduct
Homework Grading Policy
The problems are graded on the 3 point scale described below.
Explanation 


The problem is solved correctly and correct answer is obtained.  
Substantial portion of the solution, which is in the direction of the correct answer is given or complete (in principle correct) solution is given but some mistake is made which lead to incorrect answer.  
An attempt to solve problem has been made and an understanding of how such problem may be solved is demonstrated (some work in the direction of the correct solution is present).  
No solution is provided or no understanding of how such problem may be solved is demonstrated. 
Course Grade
Your final grade for Physics 424 will be based on your total score for all the components of the course (exams, quizzes, and homework assignments). The grade is determined as following:Percentage Assigned 

