PHY 5645: Quantum Mechanics A


Lectures: TuTh 11:00am -- 12:15pm, HCB 310.

Lecturer: Nick Bonesteel
Office: 410 Keen (Physics Department); A313 (Magnet Lab)
Tel.:  (850) 644-2516 (Department); (850) 644-7805 (Magnet Lab)

Office Hours: 
Office hours will be held on Monday and Thursday from 1:30pm – 3:30pm in 410 Keen.  If these times are not convenient, please feel free to contact me at any time to arrange an appointment.  (The best way to do this is by e-mail.)

Course Descriptions: 
This is the first semester of a two semester graduate level course covering the theory of quantum mechanics.  This theory is at the heart of much of our current understanding of the physical world and is the basis of most branches of modern physics (particle physics, nuclear physics, condensed matter physics, etc.).  The goal of the course is to cover the main concepts and tools for applying quantum mechanics to a variety of different problems.

Main Text: J.J Sakurai and J. Napolitano, Modern Quantum Mechanics (Second Edition), (Addison-Wesley, 2011). (  Available at the FSU Bookstore.

Other Useful Texts:

Course Web Page:



Outline of Course Content (Tentative):











Ch. 1

Fundamental Concepts


Ch. 2

Quantum Dynamics


Ch. 3

Quantum Theory of Angular Momentum


Ch. 4

Symmetry in Quantum Theory


Course Work:  Course grades will be determined by your performance on the assigned problem sets, two midterm exams, and a final exam.  The percentage contribution of each to the overall grade will be as follows


Problem sets will be assigned every Thursday, and will be due at the beginning of class on the following Thursday.  Solutions will be posted on canvas. No late homework will be accepted except for the case of excused absences (see below).    Discussion of the homework among students is encouraged, but each student should hand in his/her own solutions.  Since a significant portion of your final grade will come from these weekly assignments, homework will be accepted and graded only if written in a neat and orderly fashion, and if the answers are justified by showing complete work.


Homework Assignments:



FINAL EXAM:  HCB 310, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 12:30pm – 2:30pm



Homework Solutions will be posted on the course Canvas page.


Irma Make-Up Classes:  In order to make up for the two class sessions lost due to Hurricane Irma, I will be holding two extra 75 minute classes throughout the semester.


1st Make-Up Class:   Friday, Sep. 29.  11:15am --- 12:30pm, UPL110.

2nd Make-Up Class:  Friday, Oct. 13.  11:15am --- 12:30pm, UPL110.  [We will use this session for the first Midterm Exam – see above]



University Attendance Policy:
Excused absences include documented illness, deaths in the family and other documented crises, call to active military duty or jury duty, religious holy days, and official University activities. These absences will be accommodated in a way that does not arbitrarily penalize students who have a valid excuse. Consideration will also be given to students whose dependent children experience serious illness.

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Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should:
(1) register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center; and
(2) bring a letter to the instructor indicating the need for accommodation and what type. This should be done during the first week of class.

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Syllabus Change Policy:
Except for changes that substantially affect implementation of the evaluation (grading) statement, this syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change with advance notice.