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Quantum Mechanics

Georgetown University via edX

Overview

Quantum mechanics courses typically require you to learn a lot of high-level math in addition to the science, making it challenging to absorb and apply quantum ideas. Students often take these classes multiple times before they even begin to understand. In this course, we teach quantum mechanics in a representation-independent fashion that focuses on operators. The prerequisite math is lower, and we need to develop less of it. This allows us to focus on developing conceptual understanding and on relating quantum ideas to real experiments. We are amidst the second quantum revolution, where we observe and manipulate individual quanta. This has ushered in the new field of quantum information science, with its three pillars of quantum computing, quantum communication and quantum sensing. This course will prepare you best for the quantum sensing side of quantum information science. You will even learn enough quantum mechanics to understand how the laser interferometry gravitational wave observatory works---one of the engineering marvels of humankind. Prerequisites: The three-semester calculus sequence and a math methods course are required. Freshman physics and modern physics are recommended. This course is appropriate for those with backgrounds in physics, chemistry, and engineering who are interested in learning quantum mechanics with a focus on applications to quantum sensing.

GeorgetownX currently offers a Mathematical and Computational Methods course.

Taught by

James Freericks

Reviews

5.0 rating, based on 8 Class Central reviews

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    Adrian German
    This course is an exceptional tour de force (and an amazing labor of love) from one of the best teachers of Quantum Mechanics in the world today. Prospective students are encouraged to take the shorter Quantum Mechanics for Everyone first (if possible) even though the information in that class is in fact included properly in the first part of this longer course. It is also useful to have taken Mathematical and Computational Methods (from the same teacher, Georgetown's own Jim Freericks) first. This is not an easy class, but if you liked Feynman's QED or any of Daniel F Styer's books you will absolutely LOVE this class. Freericks has the same crystal clear style but delves much deeper. Fantastic teacher, amazing class.
  • Robert Roy MacGregor
    This is a new approach to teaching quantum mechanics. Durak notation makes it possible to create equations more simply and clearly without more cumbersome amounts of calculus.

    Prof. Freericks knows exactly how to teach it this way in an interesting and comprehensive manner. There are some amazing concepts and examples as well. This is an excellent course.

    Robert MacGregor

  • Anonymous
    This is a new approach to teaching quantum mechanics. Durak notation makes it possible to create equations more simply and clearly without more cumbersome amounts of calculus.

    Prof. Freericks knows exactly how to teach it this way in an interesting and comprehensive manner. There are some amazing concepts and examples as well. This is an excellent course.

    Robert MacGregor

  • Anonymous
    This is a new approach to teaching quantum mechanics. Durak notation makes it possible to create equations more simply and clearly without more cumbersome amounts of calculus.

    Prof. Freericks knows exactly how to teach it this way in an interesting and comprehensive manner. There are some amazing concepts and examples as well. This is an excellent course.

  • Anonymous
    Excellent course, using a new approach. The course grows steadily, achieving high complexity results in a transparent manner, coaching students. The examples of application are quite modern and varied, making this course extremely useful for any student learning quantum mechanics.
  • Anonymous
    The subject of the course is complex and demanding. The presentations are evolving and I look forward to the book associatated to the course.

    To have access to the explanations of Prof. Freericks was an extraordinary opportunity for me that edx made possible. It is my program to continue the study of the theme with books cited and it is my suggestion to edx that this course stay oppen after the deadline announced.
  • Anonymous
    This course shouldn't be missed. It is a unique and comprehensive introduction to quantum mechanics.

    If you like to get your questions answered directly by an expert (the creator of this course, Dr. James Freericks) , this course gives you an exceptional opportunity. This course is more than a course, it is an invitation to research - see here: https://quantum.georgetown.domains/research.html.

    Jan Fiala
  • Anonymous
    An amazing course by an excellent teacher. The course is accessible and interesting even to the average student.

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