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N:neutral G:good
D:disagree F:fair
SD:strongly disagree P:poor

Course and Instructor Details SA A N D SD
This course challenged me to think deeply about the subject
The course materials helped me better understand the subject
The course assignments helped me better understand the subject
The instructional techniques engaged me with the subject
The instructor was concerned whether students learned the subject
The instructor was enthusiastic about the subject
The instructor was enthusiastic about teaching this course
The instructor clearly communicated what was expected in this class
The instructor expressed ideas clearly
The instructor provided helpful feedback on my performance
The instructor evaluated my work fairly
The instructor treated students with respect
Students were able to get individual help
Overall Course and Instructor Assessment SA A N D SD
Overall. I learned a great deal from this course
If a friend was taking this course, I would recommend this instructor
I would choose this instructor again for an other course in this area
Modified answer key for following questions: E VG G F P
Overall, this course was
Overall, this instructor was
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Expression of expectations for performance in class was
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Facilitation of learning was
Overall assessment of instructor was
Course Content SA A N D SD
The course content was interesting
The course content was useful for my research
The course covered too much material
The course covered the right topics
The course covered enough actual applications
The material was easy to understand
The book was easy to understand
Usually, the book did not assume knowledge I had forgotten

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1 Mathematical Prerequisites:

    1.1 Complex Numbers:

    1.2 Functions as Vectors:

    1.3 The Dot, oops, INNER Product:

    1.4 Operators:

    1.5 Eigenvalue Problems:

    1.6 Hermitian Operators:

    1.7 Additional Points:

          1.7.1 Dirac notation:

          1.7.2 Additional independent variables:

2 Basic Ideas of Quantum Mechanics:

    2.1 The Revised Picture of Nature:

    2.2 The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle:

    2.3 The Operators of Quantum Mechanics:

    2.4 The Orthodox Statistical Interpretation:

          2.4.1 Only eigenvalues:

          2.4.2 Statistical selection:

    2.5 A Particle Confined Inside a Pipe:

          2.5.1 The physical system:

          2.5.2 Mathematical notations:

          2.5.3 The Hamiltonian:

          2.5.4 The Hamiltonian eigenvalue problem:

          2.5.5 All solutions of the eigenvalue problem:

          2.5.6 Discussion of the energy values:

          2.5.7 Discussion of the eigenfunctions:

          2.5.8 Three-dimensional solution:

          2.5.9 Quantum confinement:

    2.6 The Harmonic Oscillator:

          2.6.1 The Hamiltonian:

          2.6.2 Solution using separation of variables:

          2.6.3 Discussion of the eigenvalues:

          2.6.4 Discussion of the eigenfunctions:

          2.6.5 Degeneracy:

          2.6.6 Non-eigenstates:

3 Single-Particle Systems:

    3.1 Angular Momentum:

          3.1.1 Definition of angular momentum:

          3.1.2 Angular momentum in an arbitrary direction:

          3.1.3 Square angular momentum:

          3.1.4 Angular momentum uncertainty:

    3.2 The Hydrogen Atom:

          3.2.1 The Hamiltonian:

          3.2.2 Solution using separation of variables:

          3.2.3 Discussion of the eigenvalues:

          3.2.4 Discussion of the eigenfunctions:

    3.3 Expectation Value and Standard Deviation:

          3.3.1 Statistics of a die:

          3.3.2 Statistics of quantum operators:

          3.3.3 Simplified expressions:

          3.3.4 Some examples:

    3.4 The Commutator:

          3.4.1 Commuting operators:

          3.4.2 Noncommuting operators and their commutator:

          3.4.3 The Heisenberg uncertainty relationship:

          3.4.4 Commutator reference [Reference]:

    3.5 The Hydrogen Molecular Ion:

          3.5.1 The Hamiltonian:

          3.5.2 Energy when fully dissociated:

          3.5.3 Energy when closer together:

          3.5.4 States that share the electron:

          3.5.5 Comparative energies of the states:

          3.5.6 Variational approximation of the ground state:

          3.5.7 Comparison with the exact ground state:

4 Multiple-Particle Systems:

    4.1 Wave Function for Multiple Particles:

    4.2 The Hydrogen Molecule:

          4.2.1 The Hamiltonian:

          4.2.2 Initial approximation to the lowest energy state:

          4.2.3 The probability density:

          4.2.4 States that share the electrons:

          4.2.5 Variational approximation of the ground state:

          4.2.6 Comparison with the exact ground state:

    4.3 Two-State Systems:

    4.4 Spin:

    4.5 Multiple-Particle Systems Including Spin:

          4.5.1 Wave function for a single particle with spin:

          4.5.2 Inner products including spin:

          4.5.3 Commutators including spin:

          4.5.4 Wave function for multiple particles with spin:

          4.5.5 Example: the hydrogen molecule:

          4.5.6 Triplet and singlet states:

    4.6 Identical Particles:

    4.7 Ways to Symmetrize the Wave Function:

    4.8 Matrix Formulation:

    4.9 Heavier Atoms [Descriptive]:

          4.9.1 The Hamiltonian eigenvalue problem:

          4.9.2 Approximate solution using separation of variables:

          4.9.3 Hydrogen and helium:

          4.9.4 Lithium to neon:

          4.9.5 Sodium to argon:

          4.9.6 Potassium to krypton:

    4.10 Pauli Repulsion [Descriptive]:

    4.11 Chemical Bonds [Descriptive]:

    4.11.1 Covalent sigma bonds:

    4.11.2 Covalent pi bonds:

    4.11.3 Polar covalent bonds and hydrogen bonds:

    4.11.4 Promotion and hybridization:

    4.11.5 Ionic bonds:

    4.11.6 Limitations of valence bond theory:

5 Time Evolution:

    5.1 The Schrodinger equation:

          5.1.1 Introduction to the equation:

          5.1.2 Some examples:

          5.1.3 Energy conservation [Descriptive]:

          5.1.4 Stationary states [Descriptive]:

          5.1.5 Particle exchange [Descriptive]:

          5.1.6 Energy-time uncertainty relation [Descriptive]:

          5.1.7 Time variation of expectation values [Descriptive]:

          5.1.8 Newtonian motion [Descriptive]:

          5.1.9 The adiabatic approximation [Descriptive]:

          5.1.10 Heisenberg picture [Descriptive]:

    5.2 Conservation Laws and Symmetries:

    5.3 Unsteady Perturbations of Systems:

          5.3.1 Schrodinger equation:

          5.3.2 Spontaneous and stimulated emission:

          5.3.3 Effect of a single wave:

          5.3.3 The wave:

          5.3.3 The Hamiltonian coefficients:

          5.3.4 Forbidden transitions:

          5.3.5 Selection rules:

          5.3.6 Angular momentum conservation:

          5.3.7 Parity:

          5.3.8 Absorption of a single weak wave:

          5.3.9 Absorption of incoherent radiation:

          5.3.10 Spontaneous emission of radiation:

    5.4 Position and Linear Momentum:

          5.4.1 The position eigenfunction:

          5.4.2 The linear momentum eigenfunction:

    5.5 Wave Packets in Free Space:

          5.5.1 Solution of the Schrodinger equation:

          5.5.2 Component wave solutions:

          5.5.3 Wave packets:

          5.5.4 Group velocity:

    5.6 Almost Classical Motion [Descriptive]:

          5.6.1 Motion through free space:

          5.6.2 Accelerated motion:

          5.6.3 Decelerated motion:

          5.6.4 The harmonic oscillator:

    5.7 WKB Theory of Nearly Classical Motion:

    5.8 Scattering:

          5.8.1 Partial reflection:

          5.8.2 Tunneling:

    5.9 Reflection and Transmission Coefficients:


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