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Hello,

I'm considering taking the graduate level quantum mechanics course offered at my university (based on Sakurai/Shankar). I am currently reading Sakurai's QM, and mostly understand the topics (I'm currently reading the theory of angular momentum). There have been some steps where I still don't understand what he did, and some problems have stumped me, mainly ones concerning an experiment or estimate. For some of these issues though, I believe I don't understand it because I don't have enough foundation in classical mechanics and electrodynamics, which I have yet to take.

I am planning on taking classical mechanics, electrodynamics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, partial differential equations, complex variables, and maybe probability (I am unsure if a full math course on probability would be helpful).

My main concern is the workload of a graduate course. I will still be taking at least 3 other undergraduate courses, probably electrodynamics II and maybe a math course like real analysis or number theory. Also, I was thinking of taking the course even if I still take undergraduate QM.

Any thoughts on doing this and would you recommend it?

Thank you in advance

I'm considering taking the graduate level quantum mechanics course offered at my university (based on Sakurai/Shankar). I am currently reading Sakurai's QM, and mostly understand the topics (I'm currently reading the theory of angular momentum). There have been some steps where I still don't understand what he did, and some problems have stumped me, mainly ones concerning an experiment or estimate. For some of these issues though, I believe I don't understand it because I don't have enough foundation in classical mechanics and electrodynamics, which I have yet to take.

I am planning on taking classical mechanics, electrodynamics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, partial differential equations, complex variables, and maybe probability (I am unsure if a full math course on probability would be helpful).

My main concern is the workload of a graduate course. I will still be taking at least 3 other undergraduate courses, probably electrodynamics II and maybe a math course like real analysis or number theory. Also, I was thinking of taking the course even if I still take undergraduate QM.

Any thoughts on doing this and would you recommend it?

Thank you in advance

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