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Week 1 Announcements

(1) Homework 1 will be due on Tuesday Sept 4, 11:59pm. You may hand in your assignment in-class, or drop it in the homework box. Please make sure to staple your sheets together and write your name on it. Although we prefer paper submissions, you may also upload a pdf file to the blackboard site.
(2) Recitation 1 is due on Friday Aug 31, 11:59pm. You should upload your “.ipynb file” to blackboard. Some students have had their files rejected. The work-around is to “zip” the file first.
(3) Office Hours: Prof. Mueller will have office hours on Mondays from 12:20-1:10pm and Thursdays from 2pm-3pm in PSB 418. We can adjust if those end up not working. Mehmet Dimitras will have office hours on Fridays from 2:15-3:35 in Phillips 318 (the computer room), and Mondays 1:25-2:15 in Clark 294A (Clark Learning Suite).
(4) In-class activities: Please hand in at next lecture. If you lost the sheet, you can download it from the web site.
(5) Reading: The reading from our first lecture was Chapter 1 of Griffith’s Quantum Mechanics. The reading for the second lecture is section 2.4 of Griffith’s Quantum Mechanics.

Welcome to PHYS 3317

Class Structure

Even though I have taught this a few times, I am still getting used this course, so many of my decisions about class structure or content still evolving. I want to be flexible: it is your job to tell me what is working/not working so I can adjust.

Lectures:

Tuesdays and Thursdays -- 10:10-11:25 in Rockefeller 132. Here we introduce material and practice techniques. There will be in-class activities. These should be handed in at the next lecture.

Recitations:

Fridays -- In computer room (but not always doing computer exercises) -- Phillips 318. Fairly structured, but will include some time to ask questions about homework or other class material. We will do some computer exercises using IPython Notebooks. The completed notebooks should be uploaded to Blackboard before the next recitation period. Upload them as ".ipynb" files. If that doesn't work for you, zip them first.

Web Site:

I am using a custom built web site for all course material, but will use Blackboard for handing in electronic documents. To help keep track of the various components, see the Calendar and Homework sections of the web site.

Homework:

We voted on day which homework will is due, and Tuesdays won. Feel free to work together, but independently write your solutions.

There is a homework box. You can submit your homework in class, or drop it in the box by midnight the day it is due. While we prefer paper, you can also submit homework on blackboard. If you do submit the homework online, please use ".pdf" files. We do not have the resources to process other file types. Please ensure that any scans are legible, otherwise we may refuse to grade it. Please staple the pages of your homework together. The grader has the discretion to take marks off for handing in loose sheets, or sheets held together by sophisticated origami.

Some homework may include a programming component. For those assignments you will be asked to upload your code to Blackboard. Please use ".ipynb" files.

We will have a "drop 1" policy, where the homework set with the lowest grade is dropped.

Staff:

Lectures will be given by Professor Erich Mueller. Recitations/Labs will be taught by Mehmet Demirtas, and homework will largely be graded by Eve Vavagiakis.

Office Hours:

Office Hours: Prof. Mueller will have office hours on Mondays from 12:20-1:10pm and Thursdays from 2pm-3pm in PSB 418. We can adjust if those end up not working. Mehmet Dimitras will have office hours on Fridays from 2:15-3:35 in Phillips 318 (the computer room). Mehmet Dimitras will also have office hours on Mondays 1:25-2:15 (location TBD)

Final Exam

We will give an open book take home exam. Unless there are any objections, this will be handed out on Tuesday Nov 20. It will be due at our official exam period.

First Week of Class

Our first Lecture will be Thursday Aug 23, and our first recitation will be Friday Aug 24. During recitation we will be doing computer exercises. Feel free to bring your laptop, or use one of the lab computers. Click on the Recitation link to see how to install the software.