# PHYS 5383 Overview

## Spring 2013

`Last edit: 10 Jan 2013`

Welcome to PHYS 5383. Acquiring a non-trivial understanding of the
quantum mechanics is a significant cultural achievement and something
you should take pride in. Quantum mechanics is humanity's deepest
understanding of the physical universe. Correspondingly, it is
difficult to learn because, aside from its own technical jargon and
mathematical formalism, it requires you to develop a new
kind of physical intuition. So, if you get a bit discouraged at times,
do not think it is just you. Quantum mechanics is challenging for
everyone.

Homework is issued more or less weekly and is graded. **I encourage
you to work together on the problems. However, the final write-up must
be your own work.** Submitted homework assignments that are
suspiciously similar will annoy me. There will be 3 regular tests as
well as a final exam. See the PHYS
5383 syllabus for details.

Your final grade will be based on a weighted sum of your performance
on homework, tests and the final exam. Individual assignments do not
receive a letter grade. You should see me personally to know how you
are doing in the course. **A stellar performance on the final exam
can result in a course grade much better then the weighted average course
performance would yield.** The relative course component weights
used to score your course grade are:

- Homework 50%
- Tests 30%
- Final 20%

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