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Quantum Mechanics for Everyone

Georgetown University via edX


Quantum Mechanics for Everyone is a six-week long MOOC that teaches the basic ideas of quantum mechanics with a method that requires no complicated math beyond taking square roots (and you can use a calculator for that). Quantum theory is taught without “dumbing down” any of the material, giving you the same version experts use in current research. We will cover the quantum mystery of the two-slit experiment and advanced topics that include how to see something without shining light on it (quantum seeing in the dark) and bunching effects of photons (Hong-Ou-Mandel effect).

To get a flavor for the course and see if it is right for you, watch "Let's get small", which shows you how poorly you were taught what an atom looks like, and "The fallacy of physics phobia."

Please note : the modules of this course will be released on a weekly basis from October 11, 2020 to November 22, 2020, when all the course material will be available in the archive mode.


1. Introduction to the Quantum World
- Introduction
- Classical mechanics of moving magnets in a magnetic field
- Probability
- Quantum Probability

2. Advanced Quantum Mechanics with Spins
- Stern-Gerlach analyzer-loop
- Analog of the two-slit experiment
- Wheeler’s delayed choice experiment
- Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen
- Bell’s inequality
- NMR and MRI

3. The Quantum Mechanics of Light
- Wave or particle?
- Exploring the quantum model for light
- Developing the quantum model for light
- Understanding the quantum mystery
- Applications of the quantum theory of light

4. Advanced Quantum Ideas with Light
- Introduction to quantum seeing in the dark
- Mach-Zehnder Interferometer
- The Quantum Zeno Effect Quantum Seeing in the Dark
- Identical particles and the Hong-Ou-Mandel experiment

Taught by

James Freericks


5.0 rating, based on 99 reviews

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  • Anonymous
    This class wasn't what I expected it to be. It was way better. I expected it to be a lot more like the popular books/audiobooks on quantum mechanics that I've consumed over the past few years. These were the kinds of books that start by introducing a...
  • I was really impressed by Professor Freericks's course. He's pioneering a new way of teaching Quantum Mechanics which is rigorous and correctly conveys the actual content of the physical theory without the need for much 'advanced' mathematics. The course...
  • Anonymous
    This is easily the best MOOC course I have taken so far! The content was amazing, and Professor Freericks' pedagogical style was mind-blowing! I have an undergraduate degree, as well as a graduate degree in Chemical Engineering, but I changed fields and...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I took this course last year because I wanted to have a better understanding of Quantum Mechanics and to measure its content to what I thought I knew about it. First off, the course is extremely well made. The videos and step by step didactic lessons...
  • César E. Cruz
    I am from the Dominican Republic, and I am really glad that I took Quantum Mechanics for Everyone. This was my second try, since I was not able to complete the prior class. I am a water management specialist in the field of agriculture, and in this class,...
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    William Courtney completed this course.

    An outstanding course. The instructor guaranteed that there would be no lies about QM, that there would be no over-simplifications, and he lived up to that guarantee. This course is not the usual mathematical, bra-ket approach. Instead, it takes a physical...
  • Deborah Zroka Weldon
    This course is excellent. It really does make Quantum Mechanics accessible to everyone. You learn all about the quantum mystery without requiring intensive knowledge of calculus. You are introduced to all of the famous quantum mechanics experiments...
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    Jan Kowalski

    Jan Kowalski completed this course.

    Because I have only reached middle school and a high school diploma, and speak English fairly poorly, I have had great doubts about completing this course. Now I have made it, with 97% success. I'm also about 97% sure (I've learned a lot about probabilities)...
  • Anonymous
    To whom it may concern

    Quantum mechanics for everyone is an innovative course with great potentiality and fundamental because it allows non-experts to have a greater understanding of the world
    Unfortunately, due to health problems, I did not succeed in attending it.
    I hope. next time to have no obstacle and so the chance to do something really interesting
    With my best compliments
    Palma Parascandola
  • Anonymous
    This is an excellent course about quantum mechanics. I now understand how quantum world is different from classical world we can see.
    One thing I want to study more is "Quantum entanglement". I want to know "The example of quantum entanglement in Space(nature).", "How we can create quantum entanglement in Lab.", "Computer based tutorial about "Quantum entanglement". Please cover these topic in future class.
  • Tom Russotto completed this course.

    I completed this course number of months ago and found it was very interesting. The course tries to explain quantum mechanics without a lot of math, specifically without calculus. The professor does this explanation using clever models and short apps with which the students can interact. It is a very effective method and reduces the mystery of quantum mechanics. No one can explain quantum mechanics in a way that humans can truly understand it but this course does does an exceptional job of providing more intuition into quantum mechanics, especially for those without calculus - thus, it's for everyone.
  • Andrew R Armstrong
    This course has been a very rewarding experience. I must admit that I was very doubtful when starting the course because of my previous experiences trying to understand quantum mechanics. I am 72 years old and, although I have an advanced degree, it...
  • Anonymous
    I have to say that entered this class with a great deal of trepidation. Being of an age when all of High School physics were based on classical principles, I only had a fleeting (and frankly, wrong) exposure to Quantum Mechanics. Working in as an engineer...
  • Anonymous
    The class, Quantum Mechanics for Everyone, that professor Freericks teaches is outstanding. I have taken numerous classes on Edx and other educational platforms over many years. There is nothing out there that even approaches the level of educational...
  • Mac Crollman
    this course is excellent. i've taken it twice and i'm amazed to see that changes were made to the coursework based on feedback from the learners' comments. I'm also amazed that Dr. Freericks and his staff are so thorough when it comes to answering questions...
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    Vincenzo Cassati
    This course has an inusual goal: teaching quantum mechanics without asking students to know - or remember - calculus, linear algebra, probability or more, as pre-requisites. I am retired: I studied such things in my green years, but if I started a...
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    Isaac Solomon
    I wanted to learn Quantum Mechanics but even the first few pages of other sources was quite discouraging. I have learned a lot from this course but quite honestly not everything is entirely clear to me. What is clear is the amount of effort that has gone...
  • Anonymous
    This was a fascinating course that gave me what I was looking for: a course that would give me a basic understanding of developments in quantum mechanics over and above what I learned in university, which is now quite a while ago. I found the educational...
  • Anonymous
    The course is creates the air of scientific inquisitiveness right from the start. It gets a little difficult, not the concepts but the problems. The concepts are very intriguing, they demand full concentration from us and require us to recollect...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Archived at the moment of this being written, this course contains a good balance between theoretical, math, and experimental aspects. The fact that quantum physics with its costly experiments and (mostly) complex calculations can be taught "for everyone", is just amazing I think.

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