PHYS-2210: Quantum Physics I


General Information

Fall, 2016



Professor Wayne G. Roberge (roberw AT rpi DOT edu)

JROWL Room 1C36


Office Hrs: Tues, 4:00-5:00 and Thurs, 3:00-4:00 or by appointment.


PHYS 1200 (Physics II) or PHYS 1250 (Honors Physics II).

MATH 1020 (Calculus II).

Graduate TAs

Kory Beach (beachk2 AT rpi DOT edu).

Office Hrs: Wed,1:50-3:50 in JROWL 1C28 (aka the Huntington Room or HBH).

Colin Daniels (daniec4 AT rpi DOT edu).

Office Hrs: Thu,12:00-1:50 in Low 3116.

Undergrad TAs

Jorge Alarcon Ochoa (alarcj AT rpi DOT edu).

Office Hrs: Wed, 4:00-6:00 in JROWL 1W20 (aka the Resnick Center).

Ziyi Lin (linz5 AT rpi DOT edu).

Offce Hrs: Mon,10:00-12:00 in JROWL 1C28 (aka the Huntington Room or HBH).

Class Meetings

Tues & Fri, 10:00-11:50 in Academy Hall Auditorium.


Not required but in-class activities count toward the grade.



Homework (20%), 3 exams (75%), in-class activities (5%).

There will not be a final exam.



A student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

   Apply quantum theory to describe nonrelativistic physical systems.

   Solve algebraic and numerical problems in quantum mechanics.


Quantum Physics by John S. Townsend is required.

The Ghost in the Atom edited by P.C.W. Davies and J.R. Brown is suggested.


Check often for homework assignments and special announcements.

Academic Honesty

Students are responsible for upholding the rules of academic honesty as spelled out in the Rensselaer Handbook. Students are encouraged to collaborate on homework but must write up solutions independently. Students may not copy or paraphrase homework solutions obtained from the internet, textbooks, or any other sources. A single instance of cheating will result in a failing grade for the course.

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