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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Quantum Physics I (Spring 2016)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via MIT OpenCourseWare


Course Features
  • Video lectures
  • Captions/transcript
  • Selected lecture notes
  • Assignments: problem sets with solutions
  • Exams (no solutions)
Course Description

This course covers the experimental basis of quantum physics. It introduces wave mechanics, Schrödinger's equation in a single dimension, and Schrödinger's equation in three dimensions.

It is the first course in the undergraduate Quantum Physics sequence, followed by 8.05 Quantum Physics II and 8.06 Quantum Physics III.


1. Introduction to Superposition.
2. Experimental Facts of Life.
3. The Wave Function.
4. Expectations, Momentum, and Uncertainty.
5. Operators and the Schrӧdinger Equation.
6. Time Evolution and the Schrödinger Equation.
7. More on Energy Eigenstates.
8. Quantum Harmonic Oscillator Part I.
9. Operator Methods for the Harmonic Oscillator.
10. Clicker Bonanza and Dirac Notation.
11. Dispersion of the Gaussian and the Finite Well.
12. The Dirac Well and Scattering off the Finite Step.
13. Scattering Take 2.
14. Resonance and the S-Matrix.
15. Eigenstates of the Angular Momentum.
16. Eigenstates of the Angular Momentum II.
17. Central Potentials Take 2.
18. "Hydrogen" and its Discontents.
19. Identical Particles.
20. Periodic Lattices Part 1.
21. Periodic Lattices Part 2.
22. Metals, Insulators, and Semiconductors.
23. More on Spin.
24. Entanglement — QComputing, EPR, and Bell.
Experiment 2: Effective Mass.

Taught by

Prof. Barton Zwiebach


4.0 rating, based on 2 Class Central reviews

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  • Profile image for NARASIMHUDU GUVVALA95
    Super excellent course quantum physics
    Real life using natural science
    Very good study of nature
    Light behaviour, optics, gravity,atomic bounding electrons
  • D.Dinesh Kumar
    Nothing is explained in detail as it should be, if you want to learn or let's say understand quantum mechanics this is not the course for that. This is just information and equations in your face for the sake of specialization that it is part of. There is no explanations for an underlying theme and a thorough explanation of equations just info in your face with pure slideshows.

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