Exploring Quantum Physics

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An introduction to quantum physics with emphasis on topics at the frontiers of research, and developing understanding through exercise.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
This is a graduate-level quantum physics course, very difficult by MOOC standards. I had an OK understanding of some of the quantum mechanics fundamentals going in, and found this class challenging to follow at times. But I learned a ton and it was very rewarding. In keeping with the title "Exploring Quantum Physics", there doesn't seem to be one overall theme of the class since it's not introductory and covers various basically unrelated topics. As such, it sometimes seems a little disjointed, especially because of the different teaching styles of the two instructors and one guest lecturer. But it's perfect if you just want to get a better feel for the main concepts of QM and how to apply them, as long as you already know some of it ahead of time.
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6/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
This is really an average of 5 stars and 1 star. The first half and last lecture were cogent, well prepared and well assessed. The second half (less the last lecture) were inchoate, delivered ad hoc and assessed without relation to delivered material. Prof. Galitski's lectures were delivered with structure and clearly described the development of key concepts. Prof. Clark's lectures, on the other hand, can only be described as lazy: his hand annotations were illegible and his assessment portions seemed to assume that the students did the work of investigating the development of key concepts that he was too disinterested to develop. Overall, I cannot recommend this course.
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4 years, 11 months ago
Excellent content, sophisticated delivery and well-planned pedagogy. Definitely a graduate level treatment that requires mathematics and physics "maturity". Prof Galitski is particularly excellent and Prof Clark is very good. Very valuable tricks of the trade in how actual practicing physicists would solve problems- especially from Prof Clark. Excellent exposition of theory from Prof. Galitski
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5 years, 7 months ago
This is a great course! I am a graduate in physical chemistry and a bit familiar with quantum physics. The course shortly describes fundamental concepts of QM. Lecturers use advanced mathematics, but this math is not so difficult as used in real QM computations. In fact the course is the essence of quantum physics with a minimum of mathematics. And this course is hard by MOOC standards, not any can complete such course. But I personally would like more courses like this.
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5 years, 8 months ago
This is a challenging but rewarding class that provides an overview of quantum mechanical concepts with a focus on simplified "spherical cow" models of leading edge research topics in solid state physics. Even though it does cover the basics, I would not consider it an introductory quantum physics course. The pace is just too fast. That being said, the lectures are rated by difficulty and the class is set up with the intent that people with less physics / math background can still learn something and have a shot at passing the course even if some lectures are too much. There are three lecturers for the course: Prof Victor Galitsky focuses on the basics of the Schrodinger and Feynman path integral formulations as well as the fascinating topics of superconductivity and phonons. His presentations are very focused and consist mostly of clear but fast mathematical derivations. Hopefully your calculus is up to par! Prof Charles Clark intro... This is a challenging but rewarding class that provides an overview of quantum mechanical concepts with a focus on simplified "spherical cow" models of leading edge research topics in solid state physics. Even though it does cover the basics, I would not consider it an introductory quantum physics course. The pace is just too fast. That being said, the lectures are rated by difficulty and the class is set up with the intent that people with less physics / math background can still learn something and have a shot at passing the course even if some lectures are too much. There are three lecturers for the course: Prof Victor Galitsky focuses on the basics of the Schrodinger and Feynman path integral formulations as well as the fascinating topics of superconductivity and phonons. His presentations are very focused and consist mostly of clear but fast mathematical derivations. Hopefully your calculus is up to par! Prof Charles Clark introduces atomic spectra and the theory of angular momentum and spin in quantum mechanics necessary to explain much of the hydrogen atom's dynamics. His presentation is often more conceptual and broad, with more focus on the history of quantum mechanics, but don't relax too much. Once he gets going, the material is at least as tough as Victor's. Prof Ian Applebaum gives a guest lecture focusing on electron spin and his research on spintronics. These lectures made it clear once again why I was not a physics major. I would have to use the pause button extensively to keep up with his pace, and with no prior knowledge of spintronics, I found the description of his research to be nearly incomprehensible. As an amateur who has done a fair amount of self-study on quantum mechanics up to a little quantum field theory but who is not at the level of a physics post-grad, I was capable of passing the course with distinction, but it was challenging. I am sure I could re-take the course several more times and learn more every time. I give this class high marks for the following reasons: * It is quantum physics. Coursera needs more quantum physics and every bit at every level is welcome. * It is a relatively advanced presentation. Not every free online course need be at the lowest introductory level, so it's nice to see some more intermediate level ones out there. (Although given that over 20,000 students signed up for the first session, there is clearly a need for a real introductory QM class out there.) * The incorporation of current research topics at a level that is simplified enough to understand in a single lecture, but not purely qualitative. * The instructors, especially Dr. Clark, were very active in discussions on the forum. This is a class from guys who clearly love the subject and love sharing it with the world. It starts up again in October, so you have the chance to check it out if it sounds interesting!
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
This is probably the most difficult course offered by coursera. But I loved it and learned a great deal.
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7/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
1\. Professors: Personaly, I liked the style of the professor who taught the first part of the course. He went through the matematical details "on screen" without major gaps. In the second part, the flow of the lectures became somewhat difficult to follow. 2\. Contents: Very interesting, involving topics such as superconductivity and spintronics. However, the second part of the course lacked appropriate presentation of the mathematical details. 3\. Textbooks: Excellent recommendations (Shankar, Griffiths, ...). Although not indispensable, these books are of great help. 4\. Grading: Homeworks and exam include some challenging questions. In the exam with multiple choice questions, only 1 attempt was allowed to answer them.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
I agree with the previous reviewer that it was a very difficult course by MOOC standards (which is a good thing), but I loved it. I put a lot of work in the course, and it was definitely worth it, because I *really* learned a lot of new, very non-trivial material.
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