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University of Maryland, College Park

Exploring Quantum Physics

University of Maryland, College Park via Coursera


An introduction to quantum physics with emphasis on topics at the frontiers of research, and developing understanding through exercise.


  • Week 1 - Welcome, Lecture 1 and 2 - Conceptual Grounds
  • Week 2 - Lecture 3 and 4 - Path Integral
  • Week 3 - Lecture 5 and 6 - Quantum Wells to Cooper Pairs
  • Week 4 - Lecture 7 and 8 - Quantum Oscillators
  • Week 5 - Lecture 9 and 10 - The (Simplest) Atom
  • Week 6 - Lecture 11 and 12 - The Bouncing Ball
  • Week 7 - Lecture 13 and 14 - Rotation and Spin
  • Week 8 - Lecture 15 and 16 - Quantum Gas and Time Dependence
  • Final Exam
  • Bonus Lectures

Taught by

Dr. Charles W. Clark and Dr. Victor Galitski


4.3 rating, based on 10 Class Central reviews

4.1 rating at Coursera based on 56 ratings

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  • I started this course in February 2020, as a sophomore when I had no prior knowledge of Quantum Mechanics. This course, scheduled for 3 months, actually took me 13 months to complete - having failed twice! At first failure, I wrote: "Searching fo…
  • Anonymous
    I am currently taking this course. I was not very enthusiastic about this course in the beginning, but I started to like it more and more as I advanced. This course is quite difficult, but I enjoy it very much. It is thought by professional scientis…
  • Anonymous
    As the title of this course reads, this is not an introductory course to the quantum mechanics. This course explores many and often advanced aspects of the quantum physics. Some topics are presented in the lecture briefly and with a lack of precision, and one needs to an additional reading for a deeper understanding. Often Wikipedia is enough. You have to be prepared to this. On the other hand, the quizzes are created with care, precision and are enriching. I saw that some learners progressed through the course quite rapidly. In comparison, I spend ten times more than the average learner, not only because the material is new but also because I like the subject very much.
  • Great class, not for the absolute beginner. You need to have taken an introductory class or studied a textbook (with exercises!) before attempting it. The lectures require a good level of physical and mathematical maturity.
  • Anonymous
    A challenging advanced physics class, not for dilettantes. Not really intended as a first introduction to quantum mechanics, this course is aimed at upper-level undergraduates or lower-level grad students in physics and related fields. You should be…
  • Anonymous
    I completed the half of the course and so far it is difficult and interesting. It is not easy but is very satisfactory when you understand the material and confirm your understanding with the exercises. The course is divided into two parts. The first part is thought by Prof. Galitski and the second part by Prof. Clark. I just completed the 1st part and started the 2nd.
  • Anonymous
    I completed this course and obtained my certificate which is very satisfactory. The homework problems are difficult but are very rewarding. The lectures are sometimes missing important pieces of information which you have to search in other sources…
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