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Quantum Physics I (Spring 2016, MIT OCW). Instructor: Prof. Barton Zwiebach.

This is the first course in the undergraduate Quantum Physics sequence. It introduces the basic features of quantum mechanics. It covers the experimental basis of quantum physics, introduces wave mechanics, Schrodinger's equation in a single dimension, and Schrodinger's equation in three dimensions.

This presentation of 8.04 by Barton Zwiebach (2016) differs somewhat and complements nicely the presentation of Allan Adams (2013). Adams covers a larger set of ideas; Zwiebach tends to go deeper into a smaller set of ideas, offering a systematic and detailed treatment. Adams begins with the subtleties of superposition, while Zwiebach discusses the surprises of interaction-free measurements. While both courses overlap over a sizable amount of standard material, Adams discussed applications to condensed matter physics, while Zwiebach focused on scattering and resonances. The different perspectives of the instructors make the problem sets in the two courses rather different. (from ocw.mit.edu)

Course Curriculum

    • Lecture 01-1. Quantum Mechanics as a Framework, Defining Linearity Unlimited
    • Lecture 02-1. More on Superposition, General State of a Photon and Spin States Unlimited
    • Lecture 03-1. The Photoelectric Effect Unlimited
    • Lecture 04-1. de Broglie Wavelength in Different Frames Unlimited
    • Lecture 05-1. Momentum Operator, Energy Operator, and a Differential Equation Unlimited
    • Lecture 06-1. Normalizable Wavefunctions and the Question of Time Evolution Unlimited
    • Lecture 07-1. Wavepackets and Fourier Representation Unlimited
    • Lecture 08-1. Fourier Transforms and Delta Functions Unlimited
    • Lecture 09-1. Expectation Value of Hermitian Operators Unlimited
    • Lecture 10-1. Uncertainty and Eigenstates Unlimited
    • Lecture 11-1. Energy Eigenstates for Particle on a Circle Unlimited
    • Lecture 12-1. Nondegeneracy of Bound States in 1D, Real Solutions Unlimited
    • Lecture 13-1. Delta Function Potential I: Preliminaries Unlimited
    • Lecture 14-1. Recursion Relation for the Solution Unlimited
    • Lecture 15-1. Number Operator and Commutators Unlimited
    • Lecture 16-1. Step Potential Probability Current Unlimited
    • Lecture 17-1. Waves on the Finite Square Well Unlimited
    • Lecture 18-1. Incident Packet and Delay for Reflection Unlimited
    • Lecture 19-1. Time Delay and Resonances Unlimited
    • Lecture 20-1. Translation Operator, Central Potentials Unlimited
    • Lecture 21-1. Associated Legendre Functions and Spherical Harmonics Unlimited
    • Lecture 22-1. Center of Mass and Relative Motion Wavefunctions Unlimited
    • Lecture 23-1. Energy Levels and Diagram for Hydrogen Unlimited
    • Lecture 24-1. More on the Hydrogen Atom Degeneracies and Orbits Unlimited

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