- Lecturer: W. Unruh Rm 311B Hennings

822-3273 - TAs

The Course structure and content

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The notes, assignments, etc below are all pdf files, which are readable by
Adobe Acroread, Ghostview, ....
These are NOT "Lecture Notes" in that they are not the same as, nor do they
necessarily cover the same material as, my lectures. They are supplimental
reading, which in general cover some of the material of the course, but
may also cover more.

Note that misprints may occur in my notes. $0.25 for any significant
misprints
discovered (first discoverer only). I decide on significance-- ie could it
confuse the reader.]

These notes were either written by me or are links to other's
notes. These are from last two years (2004, 2005) and I will probably be adding to
them this year.
Last year I had problem in that some people sometimes were not able to
download the pdf notes into Windows web browsers. This is a bug either in
the Apache software used to host these notes and/or Internet Explorer (IE
would throw away the first 1K or so of the file and then not be able to
read it.) If this problem reoccurs this year for anyone pls let me know.

I have also now included an ftp source for the notes. If you click on this,
it will download the pdf file via ftp. Store it somewhere and then open
using acroread or other reader of pdf files.

- Matrices~~~ ftp
- Taylor Series~~~ ftp
- Lecture 1 clarification ~ftp
- The Ptolemaic system of the world ~(ftp)
- "Notes on the aether ~ftp and the impact of some key experiments on the origins of relativity.
- Derivation of special relativity ~ftp
- Time as distance and velocity transformation. ~ftp
- The analogy to the Twin's Paradox ~ftp with ordinary distances and relativity of rotations. Note that this analogy may be useful for some people, but not for others.
- Another way ~(ftp) of looking at the Twin's paradox. Here the crucial feature is the change of synchronization as B changes direction.
- Spacetime diagram of coordinate systems. ~(ftp)
- Energy, momentum, and 4-vectors, decays and Compton Effect (revised Oct 9/05) ~(ftp)

Einstein 1905,~(ftp) English Translation of Einstein's 1905 paper on Special Relativity (obtained from www.fourmilab.ch/etexts/einstein)

Energy Mass Einstein 1905 ~(ftp) Einstein's 1905 paper on equivalence of energy and mass.

- Complex Numbers and Matrices ~(ftp)
- Brief Pre-History of quantum mechanics (1900-1925)~(ftp)
- Old Bohr-Sommerfeld quantization ~(ftp) rules applied to H atom.
- Old Quantum theory with angular momentum quantum numbers. ~(ftp)
- Continued pre-history
~(ftp)
- Translation of Planck's 1901 paper (Whether the equations show up properly depends on your browser.) This paper was obtained from http://dbhs.wvusd.k12.ca.us/webdocs/Chem-History/Planck-1901/Planck-1901.html
- A modern "appreciation" of Planck's paper
- Balmer's original paper (translation fromhttp://web.lemoyne.edu/~giunta/balmer.html
- Bohr's 1914 paper (translation) Translation from http://web.lemoyne.edu/~giunta/bohr.html
- A detailed history of quantum theory is given by Max Jammer in his books "Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics: The Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics in Historical Perspective" and "The conceptual development of quantum mechanics"
- Exerpt from Jammer's book ~(ftp) re the philosophical foundations of Heisenberg's approach to Quantum Mechanics [Warning-- .8MB in size]
- Wheeler and Zurek have collected together many of the translations of the key papers in quantum mechanics in their book "Quantum Theory and Measurement"
- Periodic Table with electron locations in various "shells" (Original from ie.lbl.gov/elem/periodic.pdf)

- Matrix Quantum Mechanics [Nov 12-- sign error in eqn 34 fixed] ~(ftp)
- Determination and Measurement ~(ftp)
- Pauli Spin Matrices ~(ftp) and two level systems
- Probabilities, Expectation Values, Two level system.~ftp [missing factor of 2 in off diagonal terms in matrix A corrected in eq 24ff]
- Heisenberg uncertainty principle ~(ftp)
- Heisenberg and Schroedinger Dynamics ~(ftp)
- Unitary Transformations ~(ftp)
- Dynamics con't ~(ftp)
- Two particle quantum mechanics and Bell's
Theorem [Misprints before eqn 13 defining A,B,C,D corrected. Dec9/06]
~(ftp)
- Paper on experimental test of Bell's Inequality violation
- Various other references to Bell's paper.
- Two recent papers on violation of Bell's inequality: Nature paper on high efficiency test or here and Using B0 mesons or here

- Simple Quantum Cryptography ~(ftp)
- No Cloning Theorem and cryptography, ~(ftp)
- Schroedinger's Cat ~(ftp)
- McIntyre's note on two level systems Since someone else's notes can sometimes be usefull if you find mine obscure on some point, here are notes on two level systems written by McIntyre at Oregon State Univeristy. On that site is also a java/applet program to allow you to play with a "Stern Gerlach" system (computer simulation) to see the probabilities in a variety of situations. Here

- Minitest in first lecture . ftp
- Assignment 1 ~~~ftp Due Fri Sept 22
- Assignment 2 ~~~ftp Due Mon. Oct 2
- Assignment 3 ~~~ftp Due Wed. Oct 11 [ Note-- corrections made at 15:10 on Oct 2. Please reread] [Oops, three more misprints corrected in problem 4-- Oct 3 2:00 -- these correction did not get posted on Oct 3. They are there now.]
- Assignment 4 ~~~ftp Due Fri, Oct 20 [ Problems 3 and 5 clarified-- Oct 14]
- Midterm ~~ftp Due Mon Nov 6 (No extension-- due by 5PM )
- Assignment 5
~~~ftp
Due Wed Nov 8

[Correction to problem 2 -- the frequency of the emitted radiation equals the orbital frequency of the earth, not the period.] - Assignment 6
~~~ftp
Due Fri Nov 17

- Assignment 7
~~~ftp
Due Wed Nov 29 [ typo in question 1 fixed and questions clarified- Nov20]

- Assignment 8
~~~ftp
Due Mon Dec 4 [Missing minus sign replaced in Problem 1 ( n2 is opposite
sign to what it was before. Also Monday is Dec 4 not 5]

- Final Exam

- Mini Test Solutions ~~ftp
- Assignment 1 Solution ~~~ftp
- Assignment 2 Solution ~~~ftp (Sspacetime diagram for spaceships added Oct 6)
- Assignment 3 Solution ~~~ftp
- Assignment 4 Solution ~~~ftp
- Midterm Solution ~~~ftp
- Assignment 5 Solution ~~~ftp
- Assignment 6 Solution ~~~ftp
- Assignment 7 Solution ~~~ftp
- Assignment 8 Solution ~~~ftp [Dec 9-> problem 2 solution fixed.]

- Practice 1 Relativity ~(ftp)and Solutions ~(ftp)
- Practice 2 Relativity ~(ftp)and Solutions ~(ftp)
- Practice 3 Relativity ~(ftp)and Solutions ~(ftp)
- Practice 4 Quantum ~(ftp) [Cleanup of some expressions to make the logic clearer.-Dec 10/06]
- Supplimentary 1--Relativity~(ftp)
- Supplimentary 2-- Old quantum theory~(ftp)
- Supplimentary 3-- Quantum theory ~(ftp)