January 01, 2008

Herman, Irving
[APPH 4100] Quantum Physics of Matter

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

I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND TAKING THIS COURSE AS A JUNIOR!!! HEED THIS WARNING!!!

Everything about this class seems wrong, and yet they allow it to be taught in the department. For starters, Quantum I and Quantum II topics are mashed into one semester. He requires attendance, but he FLYs through material, proofs, and derivations leaving nothing to be learned. The book is ponderous to say the least; it could bore a rock. I would suggest high taking this course as a graduate student, unless you are in Applied Physics in which case you should take this your senior year coupled with A LOT of easier 3000 level classes, or some less demanding 4000 level classes.

Workload:

Weekly HARD TIME CONSUMING problem sets consisting of ~5 problems (start the problem set immediately when you get it) 25%, 1 (suprisingly) moderate midterm 30%, 1 slightly harder final 45%.