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Physics QM vs EE QM?

  1. Jun 10, 2006 #1
    I had posted before about my background, I am pursuing a BS in computer science and computer engineering, and will soon probably enter the MS electrical engineering program at my university - after that I am unsure whether to pursue a PhD in physics, electrical engineering, or another field.

    So I am trying to determine my course structure for MSEE with this in mind, I can take quantum mechanics in the EE department, or in the physics department. Difference being, the EE course counts as subject credit(applied to degree) for me while the physics is nothing but elective units.

    However if I am applying to Phd physics programs they may want to see the physics QM course? Is it important to do the physics course or is the EE course adequate? Thanks so much...

    I have pasted course descriptions below for the courses in question, EE471 and PHYS438a. Unfortunately I have little more info.

    EE 471 Applied Quantum Mechanics for Engineers (3) Introductory quantum mechanics and applications. Schrodinger equation, atomic and molecular processes, time-dependent perturbation theory. Applications to lasers, solid state demos and gaseous devices. Prerequisite: EE 330 or graduate standing.

    PHYS 438ab Introduction to Quantum Mechanics and its Applications (a: 4, Sp; b: 4, Fa) a: Concepts and techniques of quantum mechanics; free and bound states, the hydrogen atom. b: Relativity, atomic spectra, quantum statistics, nuclear models, nuclear reactions, elementary particles. Prerequisite: PHYS 304; corequisite: MATH 445.

    EE471 textbooks:· Molecular Quantum Mechanics, P. W. Atkins, R. S. Friedman. Third Edition, Oxford University Press, 1997 (MQM)
    · An Introduction to Quantum Physics, A.R. French, E.F. Taylor. W.W. Norton & Company, 1978. (F&T)
    · Electrons in Solids, R.H. Bube. Academic Press, 1992. (RB)
    · The Feynman Lectures in Physics, Vol. III, R. P. Feynman, Addison Wesley, 1995. (FVIII)
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  3. Jun 10, 2006 #2

    Dr Transport

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    From my experience, if you change fields, you'll have to retake the courses. Take the EE QM class for your degree and if you change fields, then retake the Physics course, it won't hurt to see the material from another vantage point.
  4. Jun 10, 2006 #3


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    On the other hand, taking the Physics course might help you with your decision on whether or not you want to switch.
  5. Jun 10, 2006 #4

    Dr Transport

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    I agree....
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