MAT_SCI 451: Advanced Physics of Materials

Quarter Offered

Fall : MWF 1-1:50, T 2-2:50 ; Hersam


MSE 351-1 or equivalent


This course provides an overview of quantum mechanics from a materials science perspective. Exact solutions to the Schrödinger Equation will be derived including one-dimensional potential energy wells and barriers, three-dimensional spherically symmetric potentials, and periodic potentials. In addition, approximation methods will be implemented such as the variational principle and perturbation theory.

Textbook: D. J. Griffiths, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 2nd Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall (2005), ISBN: 9780131118928