My lecturer has given us a learning outcomes list for the first year introductory Quantum Physics course and it has only 16 points!!! I am surprised that we have to know so little, because the book (Young and Freedman) covers the material in at least three chapters with lots of key points. For instance, the syllabus states that we "have to know the Planck equation and the de Broglie equation" and "be aware of the evidence from diffraction experiments that particles such as electrons, neutrons and He atoms can behave like waves satisfying the Planck and de Broglie equation." I am surprised that we just have to know the Planck and de Broglie equation and just be aware of the exp evidence in favour of......... I am surprised that we don't have to know that de Broglie made the proposal he did or accounts of the electron diffraction experiments of Davisson and Germer. The lecture notes cover all these material in much more detail. Why do the lecture notes have that much inf if I don't have to know all of it. I understand that illustrations are given to help us understand the detail, but why include details of experiments we don't have to know. So, I am a bit afraid to follow the syllabus. There are only eight past exam papers(not many). So it's going to be difficult to understand what questions the lecturer likes to set in the exam. And what if he sets a question that's not directly in the syllabus and but has a relation to a point in the syllabus? Then (asumming I have only remember the points in the syllabus), I am not going to get 100%. So, I am trying to note down all the details. Physics for me has become not only a subject of topics that I have to understand well but also memorise (with pain). This makes studying very dull for me. And whenever I try to get the past this trap, I remember that saying that you have to learn to understand the subject (IN DETAIL, of course), not just to pass the exam. So, I fall into my old ways. I think that I can cover all my course material in much less time (like in high school) and still get a very high score had I not been afraid of exams. Am I taking things too seriously?? Am I being too cautious, and taking things too hard?? Or is it otherwise??Please help!!