5.73 Introductory Quantum Mechanics I

Fall 2005

Illustration of an avoided crossing.
The Born-Oppenheimer approximation fails when two electron states almost cross, also known as an "avoided crossing." An avoided crossing is illustrated in the above plot of adiabatic electronic energy as a function of R. (Figure by Prof. Troy Van Voorhis.)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete set of lecture notes.

Course Description

5.73 covers fundamental concepts of quantum mechanics: wave properties, uncertainty principles, Schrödinger equation, and operator and matrix methods. Basic applications of the following are discussed: one-dimensional potentials (harmonic oscillator), three-dimensional centrosymmetric potentials (hydrogen atom), and angular momentum and spin. The course also examines approximation methods: variational principle and perturbation theory.
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Staff

Instructor:
Prof. Troy Van Voorhis

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
Three sessions / week
1 hour / session

Recitations:
One session / week
1 hour / session

Level

Graduate