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Applications of Quantum Mechanics

This course focuses on essential techniques needed for practical applications and research in Quantum Mechanics. We introduce a variety of approximation methods to understand systems that have no analytic solutions.

Applications of Quantum Mechanics

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Comenzó el 29 sept
Termina el 2 feb 2022
19 semanas estimadas
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In this quantum physics course, you will learn about the primary perturbative methods in quantum mechanics: degenerate and non-degenerate time-independent perturbation theory, the semi-classical WKB approximation, time-dependent perturbation theory, the adiabatic approximation, and scattering theory. Together, these approximation methods represent a valuable set of tools that are broadly applicable across almost all of physics. We will use these methods to study a variety of systems that do not admit analytic solutions, including the fine structure of hydrogen, tunneling rates, radiative decay and molecules. We will also investigate the quantum mechanical description of a particle in a magnetic field, and discuss the symmetries associated with multi-particle systems in detail.

This is the final course of a series of courses on edX:

  • 8.04x Quantum Mechanics
  • 8.05x Mastering Quantum Mechanics
  • 8.06x Applications of Quantum Mechanics

The course is based on the MIT course, 8.06: Quantum Mechanics III. At MIT, 8.06 is the final course in a three-course undergraduate sequence in Quantum Mechanics. 8.06 is a capstone in the education of physics majors, preparing them for advanced and specialized study in any field related to quantum physics.

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  • Institución: MITx
  • Tema: Física
  • Nivel: Advanced
  • Prerrequisitos:

    Learners should be familiar with quantum mechanics at the level of 8.05x

  • Idioma: English
  • Transcripción de video: English

Lo que aprenderás

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In this course you will:

  • Model complicated systems using quantum mechanics
  • Construct various approximation schemes in quantum mechanics
  • Develop your understanding of the time dependent processes in quantum mechanics
  • Explain a quantum phenomenon in a written paper

Plan de estudios

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  1. Time-independent non-degenerate and degenerate perturbation theory
  2. The fine structure of the Hydrogen atom
  3. The semi-classical WKB approximation
  4. Time-dependent perturbation theory
  5. Atoms and light
  6. Charged particles in magnetic fields
  7. The adiabatic approximation
  8. Scattering
  9. Identical particles

Testimonios de los estudiantes

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“I have completed more than 30 MOOCs and 8.04x/8.05x are among the very best I have done. Clear, organized lectures and accompanying lecture notes, challenging but doable problems, and a helpful discussion forum. This series provides an excellent and accessible introduction to Quantum Mechanics. I am eagerly awaiting 8.06x!”

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Preguntas frecuentes

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I’ve taken 8.04x. Will I be able to do this course?

We recommend taking 8.05x the next time it runs, and then joining us for 8.06x afterwards. It would be difficult to successfully pass this course without all of the prerequisite knowledge.

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