Physics 3220, quantum mechanics and atomic physics 1, is the first semester of our two-semester sequence of junior-level quantum mechanics. Topics include the Schrödinger equation, wave functions, probability, the uncertainty principle, stationary states, the infinite square well, the harmonic oscillator, Hilbert space and formal operator methods, three dimensional systems including the hydrogen atom, and, spin and angular momentum.

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About the transformation:

We transformed this course using:

  • Explicit learning goals
  • Interactive lectures
  • Transformed homework problems
  • Common student difficulties & in-class group activities
  • Concept tests ("clicker" questions)

Course effectiveness was investigated through the following assessments:

  • Traditional exams
  • A new research-based conceptual assessment (the quantum mechanics assessment tool or QMAT)

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This material is based upon work supported by the national science foundation under grant No. 0737118.

Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recomendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the national science foundation (NSF).