PHYS 5383 Overview

Spring 2003

Last edit: 29 Dec 2002

Prof. Thomas Coan (x8-2497)
Office: 4B Fondren Science


Welcome to PHYS 5383. What I mentioned last semester in PHYS 5382 is still true: Acquiring a non-trivial understanding of the quantum mechanics is a significant cultural achievement and something you should take pride in. It is also still the case that quantum mechanics 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.

Homework, Tests, Exams and Grades

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 average course performance would yield. The relative course component weights used to determine the course grade are:

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