Review Comment

[PHYS G4022] Quantum Mechanics II

August 12, 2007

Kim, Philip
[PHYS G4021] Quantum Mechanics I and [PHYS G4022] Quantum Mechanics II

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Professor Kim was the best physics professor I've had here. He respected the students, as well as the subject matter and did an excellent job filling in where griffith's ran short. He ran his own recitation section which turned into a third lecture because there was so much he wanted to teach us. Depending on the amount of math involved, the hw's took 5 to 40hrs so get mathematica or at least use the integrator online. The first midterm was extremely long, but the final was ok with the second semester being the opposite.

He's a sweet guy that will actually recognize and say hi to you, and is also someone who really knows his physics and teaches it well. This was his second year teaching it and he seemed to have a very clear lesson plan for each class that left plenty of time for the inevitable questions.
Watch out for his TA's though, they have no idea how to run a recitation or help you with your hw.

Workload:

Problem set per week (usually about 15hrs, less if you use mathematica), one midterm and one final per semester. This was the most work I've done for any physics class up until this point.

May 31, 2006

Kim, Philip
[PHYS G4021] Quantum Mechanics I and [PHYS G4022] Quantum Mechanics II

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Professor Kim makes this class a pretty painless experience. The majority of his lectures are drawn directly from the textbook (Griffiths "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics") and he works through the material at a fair pace, so it's not very hard to keep on top of everything. It was his first time teaching QM, but I think that he did a good job.

The homework problems were mainly drawn from the textbook. Overall, the difficulty was typical for a physics class, although some problems were algebraic nightmares, involving endless swarms of integrals. I'd definitely recommend using mathematica to do at least some of the computations; it'll save you a lot of time.

The exams basically regurgitated the material covered with homework problems - if you fully understand the homework, the tests will definitely be doable. The averages generally seemed to be in the 60s or so. I don't know how the grades were ultimately curved, but everyone I spoke to seemed satisfied with their final grade.

It's also worthwhile to point out that the homework problems in the second half of the second semester seemed a bit harder than the earlier ones. I also felt the 4022 final was harder than the earlier three exams. It may have been the specific material that we were covering, but I think that Prof. Kim may have been intentionally making everything harder - this may carry over into Fall 06. But everything's curved ANYWAY, so who cares.

Prof. Kim is very approachable and helpful and the class should only get better as he gets more experience teaching it. At times, the mathematical rigor of the class is questionable (as made evident by the entertaining smart-ass questions that were occassionally asked), but that's expected for an introductory class that covers a wide range of material. Overall, I'd call it a very good experience.

Workload:

Weekly problem sets of varying difficulty. A midterm and final modelled closely after the homework. The total amount of work/studying required is about average for a physics class.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS G4022: Quantum Mechanics II Brian Greene 2012 Spring TR / 9:00-11:00 AM 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS G4022: Quantum Mechanics II Alfred Mueller 2011 Spring TR / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS G4022: Quantum Mechanics II Alfred Mueller 2010 Spring TR / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS G4022: Quantum Mechanics II Alfred Mueller 2009 Spring TR / 9:35-10:50 AM 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS G4022: Quantum Mechanics II Philip Kim 2008 Spring TR / 9:35-10:50 AM 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS G4022: Quantum Mechanics II Philip Kim 2006 Spring TR / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS G4022: Quantum Mechanics II Andrew Millis 2005 Spring TR / 9:35-10:50 AM 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS G4022: Quantum Mechanics II Andrew Millis 2004 Spring TR / 9:35-10:50 AM 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS G4022: Quantum Mechanics II Andrew Millis 2003 Spring TR / 9:35-10:50 AM 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS G4022: Quantum Mechanics II Tony Heinz 2002 Spring TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS G4022: Quantum Mechanics II Allen Caldwell 2001 Spring TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1