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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


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4.2 rating, based on 8 reviews

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  • 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 scientists....
  • 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
    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.
  • Francesco Pedulla' completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

    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.
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    Anonymous completed this course.

    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 comfortable...
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  • Mauro Lacy completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

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