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....
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. The course is split in two parts. The first part is more theoretical and a little bit superficial but it gives you the flavor of nearly the front end research in the modern quantum mechanics. The second part contains more details, presents techniques and tools for solving Schrödinger equation and applications. Both methods are very interesting. You must be familiar with linear algebra, calculus, and complex numbers. The quizzes are not easy and often require lot of work but it makes the course more interesting, especially when you obtain the right results. I think the approach chosen by this course is a very good one to teach quantum mechanics and you definitively shall be proud of yourself if you complete this course.
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.
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.
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...
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 with complex numbers, partial differential equations, and linear operators before starting this class.
The presentation is uneven. Professor Galitski covers the first half of the class and his lectures are difficult but relatively understandable. The homework assignments are much easier than the difficulty of the lectures would suggest. Professor Clark covers the second half of the class. His lectures are also difficult and somewhat less easy to understand. The homework assignments for this part of the course are much harder. The final exam is also very hard.
I would not buy the recommended textbook co-written by Galitski. I paid over $60 for it and did not find it helpful at all for this class. It seems to be written at a higher level than this class and is more a book of (advanced) worked problems than a tutorial. A book like Griffiths' Introduction to Quantum Mechanics would have been more helpful.