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Quantum Mechanics: 1D Scattering and Central Potentials

Learn about scattering in one dimensional potentials, angular momentum, central potentials, and the hydrogen atom.
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Estimated 7 weeks
12–14 hours per week
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About this course

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In this quantum physics course you will learn the basic concepts of scattering – phase-shifts, time delays, Levinson's theorem, and resonances – in the simple context of one-dimensional problems. We discuss barrier penetration and the Ramsauer-Townsend effect. We then turn to the study of angular momentum and the motion of particles in three-dimensional central potentials. We learn about the radial equation and study the case of the hydrogen atom in detail.

This is the final course in a series which includes:

The series is based on MIT 8.04: Quantum Mechanics I. At MIT, 8.04 is the first of a three-course sequence in Quantum Mechanics, a cornerstone in the education of physics majors that prepares them for advanced and specialized studies in any field related to quantum physics. This online course follows the on-campus version and will be equally rigorous.

After completing the 8.04x series, you will be ready to tackle the Mastering Quantum Mechanics course series on edX, 8.05x.

At a glance

  • Institution: MITx
  • Subject: Physics
  • Level: Advanced
  • Prerequisites:
    Mathematics: Calculus and differential equations. Physics: introductory physics at the college level: mechanics, electromagnetism and waves.
  • Language: English

What you'll learn

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  • Basics of quantum scattering in one dimension.
  • Barrier penetration and the Ramsauer-Townsend effect.
  • Phase-shifts, time delay, Levinson’s theorem, and resonances.
  • Angular momentum in Quantum Mechanics.
  • Three-dimensional central potentials.
  • Solution of the hydrogen atom.
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