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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, Schrödinger’s equation in a single dimension, and Schrödinger’s equation in three dimensions. The lectures and lecture notes for this course form the basis of Zwiebach’s textbook Mastering Quantum Mechanics published by MIT Press in April 2022.
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 superpostion, while Zwiebach discusses the surprises of interactionfree 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.
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 Key Features of Quantum Mechanics Unlimited
 Experiments with Photons: MachZehder Interferometer, ElitzurVaidman Bombs Unlimited
 Particle Nature of Light and Wave Nature of Matter: Photoelectric Effect, Compton Scattering, Matter Waves Unlimited
 de Broglie Wavelength and Galilean Transformations, Unlimited
 Equations for a Wavefunction, Unlimited
 Normalization and Time Evolution, Unlimited
 Wavepackets and Uncertainty, Wavepacket Shape Changes Unlimited
 Uncovering Momentum Space, Unlimited
 Observables and Hermitian Operators, Uncertainty Unlimited

 Solving the TimeIndependent Schrödinger Equation: Stationary States Unlimited
 The Infinite Square Well, The Finite Square Well Unlimited
 General Properties Unlimited
 Delta Function Potential, The Node Theorem, Simple Harmonic Oscillator Unlimited
 Algebraic Approach to the Simple Harmonic Oscillator Unlimited
 Scattering States and the Step Potential Unlimited
 Resonant Transmission in a Square Well, The Ramsauer–Townsend Effect Unlimited
 Scattering in One Dimension: Time Delay, An Example Unlimited

 Levinson’s Theorem, Resonances, Modeling the Resonance Unlimited
 Quantum Mechanics in 3D and Central Potentials Unlimited
 Hydrogen Atom, Hydrogen Atom Spectrum Unlimited
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