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This course covers the experimental basis of quantum physics.

It introduces wave mechanics, Schrödinger’s equation in a single dimension, and Schrödinger’s equation in three dimensions.

It is the first course in the undergraduate Quantum Physics sequence, followed by 8.05 Quantum Physics II and 8.06 Quantum Physics III.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction to Superposition Unlimited
  • Experimental Facts of Life Unlimited
  • The Wave Function Unlimited
  • Expectations, Momentum, and Uncertainty Unlimited
  • Operators and the Schrödinger Equation Unlimited
  • Time Evolution and the Schrödinger Equation Unlimited
  • More on Energy Eigenstates Unlimited
  • Quantum Harmonic Oscillator Unlimited
  • Operator Methods for the Harmonic Oscillator Unlimited
  • Clicker Bonanza and Dirac Notation Unlimited
  • Dispersion of the Gaussian and the Finite Well Unlimited
  • The Dirac Well and Scattering off the Finite Step Unlimited
  • More on Scattering Unlimited
  • Resonance and the S-Matrix Unlimited
  • Eigenstates of the Angular Momentum Part 1 Unlimited
  • Eigenstates of the Angular Momentum Part 2 Unlimited
  • More on Central Potentials Unlimited
  • “Hydrogen” and its Discontents Unlimited
  • Identical Particles Unlimited
  • Periodic Lattices Part 1 Unlimited
  • Periodic Lattices Part 2 Unlimited
  • Metals, Insulators, and Semiconductors Unlimited
  • More on Spin Unlimited
  • Entanglement: QComputing, EPR, and Bell’s Theorem Unlimited

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