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Applications of Quantum Mechanics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX

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Overview

In this quantum physics course, you will learn about the primary perturbative methods in quantum mechanics: degenerate and non-degenerate time-independent perturbation theory, the semi-classical WKB approximation, time-dependent perturbation theory, the adiabatic approximation, and scattering theory. Together, these approximation methods represent a valuable set of tools that are broadly applicable across almost all of physics. We will use these methods to study a variety of systems that do not admit analytic solutions, including the fine structure of hydrogen, tunneling rates, radiative decay and molecules. We will also investigate the quantum mechanical description of a particle in a magnetic field, and discuss the symmetries associated with multi-particle systems in detail.

This is the final course of a series of courses on edX:
  • 8.04x Quantum Mechanics
  • 8.05x Mastering Quantum Mechanics
  • 8.06x Applications of Quantum Mechanics

The course is based on the MIT course, 8.06: Quantum Mechanics III. At MIT, 8.06 is the final course in a three-course undergraduate sequence in Quantum Mechanics. 8.06 is a capstone in the education of physics majors, preparing them for advanced and specialized study in any field related to quantum physics.

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Syllabus

  1. Time-independent non-degenerate and degenerate perturbation theory
  2. The fine structure of the Hydrogen atom
  3. The semi-classical WKB approximation
  4. Time-dependent perturbation theory
  5. Atoms and light
  6. Charged particles in magnetic fields
  7. The adiabatic approximation
  8. Scattering
  9. Identical particles

Taught by

Barton Zwiebach and Jolyon Bloomfield

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Anonymous
4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course certainly requires a good background on the basics of quantum physics, and then, as you walk through a large set of lectures you gradually increase your knowledge and get a better feeling of the quantum world (you might love it more, or get more frustrated along the way too!). However, it requires a legitimate amount of time for the related material to sink in. To be realistic, this will not happen immediately after you have completed the course, so it might be useful to come back to the course after some years for a second time (if still available), or, just review all the lectur…
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Anonymous
4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Hi, I was a student and staff member for the course. This course was intensive, designed as a follow-on course to the introductory MITx 8.04x quantum mechanics, and the 8.05x Mastering Quantum Mechanics courses. The course taught advanced areas of quantum mechanics in ways that were often superior to standard quantum mechanics textbooks. Professor Zwiebach's notes (which will eventually become a book) were superlative. The course lasted about 19 weeks with several catch up weeks. A lot of work but worth it.

One of the unique especially for an online course were the term paper…
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Purvaash S
4 months ago
Purvaash completed this course, spending 16 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
Boon given by MIT!

This course was the first time I paid for a course on edX, and it was worth the money, time and effort. I audited the previous to courses, whose concepts are required to understand this course better. This course is the same as taken by regular undergraduates at MIT. So you get the opportunity to experience how it is to study at MIT. The standards and quality are far beyond what I have attended so far. This is the second online exam I took. The difficulty level of the exam was also appropriate for this course. This course but demands a lot of time and effort and…
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Anonymous
4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is an excellent course: puts you on the edge of research in field of quantum sciences. The staff and TA community are helpful and thoughtful people: Thank you Jolyon, Jim and Mark.

The idea of ending the course with a research paper is just unique and valuable experience. The only side effect is that the course is huge load (More than 30 hours/week for me), but it depends on your background.

I'd recommend it for Senior undergraduate students.
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Anonymous
4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The depth and quality of this course are outstanding. A lot of work from many very smart people has gone into making this class, as well as 8.04x and 8.05x, and the complete sequence of 8.04x, 8.05x and 8.06x is really all you need to master Quantum Mechanics. Completing this class will make you ready to tackle any historical or current paper in Quantum Mechanics.
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Anonymous
4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course is excellent in terms of every quality. It is structured very well. I was able to follow the material when I study properly. TA's were very helpful. The homework exceeded my expectations and helped me learn much more than I thought it would do. The instructor, Prof. Barton Zwiebach, is a master at teaching and describing the material.

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Anonymous
4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Wonderful course, but it is not self passed as quoted. This is a drawback since it is 3.5 times more effort and time consuming than previous MITx QM courses. Actually the course took more 30 hr per week to many students. I will take it again, hope it will be self passed next time will run.
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Mauro L
4 months ago
by Mauro completed this course, spending 35 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
It was real fun to do this marathonic course. Highly recommended, particularly if you have enough time to dedicate to it.
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Anonymous
4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is an excellent course. The videos, the notes, the attention provided in the forum, everything is superb. I highly recommend it. Before enrolling, you should know that the course is quite demanding. Firstly you need a rather strong background in mathematics and physics and secondly you need to have enough time to follow it. It is really worth the effort. Sincerely, I have learned in this course more than in any physics course I have followed, and they have been quite a lot.

The syllabus is a kind of mix of different topics sometimes without an apparent relation but from my po…
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Anonymous
4 months ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I think all of the opinions posted describe very well this course. (I'm sitill studying it as I couldn't finish it spending around 15 hours per week but I left university 40 years ago). Professor Barton is wonderful, the staff- Jolyon, Mark and Jim - did a extremely good work, the community of students was very alive and vibrant. The exercises included after every video lecture and the Problem Sets allow you to better understand and deep dive what you thought you have already understood. The only problem is that this course in my opinion should take probably a 50% or more than scheduled, due to the difficulty of the contents, the number and complexity of exercises and problems, and the paper to be done. But my summary is that 8.06 course is a wonderful and useful experience. Thanks to MIT!!!
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Anonymous
4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent quantum mechanics course. The video lectures by Prof. Zwiebach is very clear, the exercises and weekly assignments are challenging but interesting, and the TAs in forum are extremely helpful. There is even a term paper assignment, where we need to use the skills we learn in this course to explain some quantum mechanics related phenomenon. The TAs help me a lot. I've learned much out of this online course. Also recommend 8.04x - 8.05x that are in the same MIT's quantum mechanics series.
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Anonymous
4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
There is no better course than this. Aptly scheduled for quantum mechanics and related fields. Combined with 8.04x and 8.05x on edx, this course is one of the best courses to ever exists. Neatly developed lecture notes, videos, exercises and problems. Highly interactive discussion forum. Definitely recommended course, you can't miss it.
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David B
4 months ago
by David completed this course, spending 15 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
This is a serious advanced undergrad (or early graduate) MIT-level physics course, but the lectures/notes are world-class, and you will learn a lot if you put in the effort. New this year: you do have to register ($99) to take the exams and get credit for your written paper, but it is well worth it.
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Fedor I
4 months ago
Fedor completed this course, spending 12 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
Fantastic course with well-written exercises and instructive video lectures. The material covered includes various applications of Quantum Mechanics, including: perturbation theory, hyper-fine splitting, Fermi's golden rule, and many other topics.
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