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Quantum Mechanics for Everyone is a four-week long MOOC that teaches the basic ideas of quantum mechanics with a method that requires no complicated math beyond taking square roots (and you can use a calculator for that). Quantum theory is taught without “dumbing down” any of the material, giving you the same version experts use in current research. We will cover the quantum mystery of the two-slit experiment and advanced topics that include how to see something without shining light on it (quantum seeing in the dark) and bunching effects of photons (Hong-Ou-Mandel effect).

To get a flavor for the course and see if it is right for you, watch "Let's get small", which shows you how poorly you were taught what an atom looks like, and "The fallacy of physics phobia." 

Please note: the four sections of this course will be released on a weekly basis from April 18, 2017 to May 9, 2017, when all the course material will be availab...

Quantum Mechanics for Everyone is a four-week long MOOC that teaches the basic ideas of quantum mechanics with a method that requires no complicated math beyond taking square roots (and you can use a calculator for that). Quantum theory is taught without “dumbing down” any of the material, giving you the same version experts use in current research. We will cover the quantum mystery of the two-slit experiment and advanced topics that include how to see something without shining light on it (quantum seeing in the dark) and bunching effects of photons (Hong-Ou-Mandel effect).

To get a flavor for the course and see if it is right for you, watch "Let's get small", which shows you how poorly you were taught what an atom looks like, and "The fallacy of physics phobia." 

Please note: the four sections of this course will be released on a weekly basis from April 18, 2017 to May 9, 2017, when all the course material will be available and the course will become fully self-paced.

 

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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years ago
This course is very good. I already took 6 courses on the matter, and still I could find lots of stimulating matters in this one. The Stern Gerlach experiment and the two slit experiment for example, while taught in a superficial manner in every QM course, here are explained very well and with great detail. And this is not a little thing, we're talking about the defining QM experiments here! Also, the course is not qualitative, it's quantitative (as it should be), so who, like me, could mistake the course as too simple and divulgative, will be pleasantly surprised. Very recommended!
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10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years ago
This is very reach and full of information cours. Everyone can learn quantum mechanics with cours. I am looking for more projects like this on edx platform. Congratulation to all that passed this cours. It looks so hard.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years ago
The material was prepared very professionally both the contents and the ways it was presented to the audience. Looking forward to more in the relevant areas.
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Alberto Seguro

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years ago
I had a great time during this course. The course explore an amazing content, the Professor is patient and have clarified cleverly and quickly all questions which I have made. The platform edX is very stable, and I had no one problem during the course. I hope that other interesting courses like Quantum Mechanics for Everyone are made for future. Thank you so much, Alberto Seguro from São Paulo - Brazil
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years ago
Even if you think you know a lot of quantum physics, you will be amazed by how much this course will teach you about the subject.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 1 month ago
This course is great! It guides you step-by-step through quantum mechanics and makes learning both simple and enjoyable! Even though quantum physics is complicated, this course makes it accessible to anyone.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 1 month ago
Really beautiful course. I found especially two things outstanding: the very high quality of the presentations and the interactive simulations; the "passion" of prof. Freericks. He replies immediately to questions in the forum and always shows to be really interested in clarifying any student's doubt. This is a great example of what good teaching should be. Concerning the content, quantum mechanics is obviously quite a wide subject but this is a great introduction to the way Nature truly behaves. And it is mind-blowing!
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 1 month ago
A great introduction to a complex subject - the interactive exercises really made the perplexing aspects of the subject clear and almost intuitive. I'd love to see a sequel that takes on other key concepts
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 1 month ago
A great introduction to a complex subject - the interactive exercises really made the perplexing aspects of the subject clear and almost intuitive. I'd love to see a sequel that takes on other key concepts
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George Procter

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 1 month ago
This course is beautifully done with graphical tutorial experiments that enable the "quantum mindset" - a big, big step from the "classical mindset". The math is minimal - probability theory. Highly recommended.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 1 month ago
Loved the course. Enjoyable and instructive. The resources were very helpful and well thought out. I liked the inclusion of details about the key scientists. Thank-you.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 2 months ago
Excellent class ! I enjoyed an introductory class to quantum mechanics, the other courses from other universities are too difficult for the layperson. The computer simulations were excellent, do keep up the good work. Do add on more courses, I will be interested.
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2 years, 2 months ago
I think this method of teaching the material is the best way to give intuition for quantum mechanics. Virtual experiments especially build up the understanding nicelly and progressively.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 3 months ago
Excellent class! Great content, very well made demos and videos, very responsive instructor and staff to questions posted on discussion board. A big shout out to Prof. Freericks for making difficult concepts easy to grasp and for his patience answering questions. Overall very engaging class! I loved it and can't wait for the sequel!
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2 years, 3 months ago
Really top-notch class on a very complex and difficult subject. Great job done by Prof. Freericks, Georgetown University, and those who worked to put this course together. It is one of the finest courses I have taken. I was impressed with the quality of the material and responsiveness of the staff. The material, from videos to readings to simulations to homework and tests, was very well done. This is also the best class I have seen so far (and this is my 35th MOOC) to estimate the amount of time required to complete the work and accurately report what prerequisites were needed to do well in the course. All in all, great job! Prior to taking this class, I did not think that the subject of Quantum Mechanics could be presented to laymen like me in such a way as to enable understanding of the basics of it without complex mathematics. Prof. Freericks does an excellent job taking students though things step-by-step and building o... Really top-notch class on a very complex and difficult subject. Great job done by Prof. Freericks, Georgetown University, and those who worked to put this course together. It is one of the finest courses I have taken. I was impressed with the quality of the material and responsiveness of the staff. The material, from videos to readings to simulations to homework and tests, was very well done. This is also the best class I have seen so far (and this is my 35th MOOC) to estimate the amount of time required to complete the work and accurately report what prerequisites were needed to do well in the course. All in all, great job! Prior to taking this class, I did not think that the subject of Quantum Mechanics could be presented to laymen like me in such a way as to enable understanding of the basics of it without complex mathematics. Prof. Freericks does an excellent job taking students though things step-by-step and building one concept on another to form such understanding. The interactive tutorials and simulations, which were a big part of this course, were excellently done and significantly aided students in developing the thinking patterns needed to delve into the quantum world. Responsiveness by staff was outstanding, with questions answered very quickly and technical problems (of which there were very few) cleared up quickly. I’d recommend this course highly to anyone who wants to explore the mysteries of the quantum world in such a way as to gain a basic understanding. I look forward to further exploration of this strange quantum world in follow-up classes that I hope Georgetown and Prof. Freericks are able to produce.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 3 months ago
I have thoroughly enjoyed this course about quantum mechanics. I think it must be the best introductory course to any advanced physics topic that I have seen. Thank you to Professor Freericks and the team for all the time and effort that obviously went into creating this course, with its videos and interactive tutorials/simulations. Even the final exam was fun - helping to consolidate many of the ideas taught in the course. Anyone interested in quantum mechanics should try this course, and as long as you have taken maths up to high school level you should be fine with the small amount of maths in the course.
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9/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 3 months ago
Excellent course. From knowing nothing about quantum mechanics, I can now begin to understand something of the Copenhagen Interpretation, QED, Quantum Mystery etc. I will definitely continue to pursue the subject in my lifetime and look forward to your next course. Thank you so much to the whole team for sharing your knowledge, time and learning.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 3 months ago
This course was just exceptional in every way. For years I have been looking for a class, and books as well, that teaches the ideas and concepts of quantum mechanics in a sophisticated way but that does not require advanced mathematics to understand. This class meets that criteria, and is unique in that important sense. In addition, the simulations were just outstanding! They helped to give a visual of what is happening in various experiments and difficult to understand concepts. I will return to them again and again as I continue to study quantum mechanics. Furthermore, Professor Freericks responded to questions in a timely fashion, always within the same day and very often within a matter of an hour or two (something I greatly appreciated as a teacher myself). This course has truly provided a great and invaluable service and I hope that more funding will become available to create sequels to the course; I can't wait.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 3 months ago
I very much enjoyed the class and learned a lot. I've tried 4 other online QM classes and this is the first one that I felt that I understood QM after finishing it. I did not get lost in the math while mastering the subject. The simulations were just great. They greatly added to what was explained in the lectures and text. I've never seen such great interactive simulations in any online class. I'd be interested in taking other GM classes from this prof.
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2 years, 3 months ago
This is a great course that converting very abstract knowledge to something an average person can comprehend. Yes, I am interested if there is a more advanced course is offered. Thank you for offering this course to bridge such difficult subject to average people.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 3 months ago
This is a wonderful course for beginners but do not be too dismissive if you think it may be too shallow. The quality of the material & the instruction is among the best I have seen. I have read (at least 5 times!!) Feynmans book "QED: The Strange Theory of Light & Matter" and he has always been my gold standard when it comes to explaining advanced material to amateurs. I think he would be very pleased with what Dr Freericks has achieved. The videos are excellent but the computer based simulations used in the Tutorials are outstanding & make this course the best I have seen.
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2 years, 4 months ago
This is a great physics course. Jim Freericks does a terrific job clearly explaining difficult concepts. The simulation are very useful because they take the process one step at a time; great learning tool. I was very dissapointed when I dropped the course about 35 years ago. I have tried to learn QM concepts via books but the math has always been a challenge. Right now I am reading Feynman's Lectures, Vol III, as I slowly work my way through this course, and I find the two approaches reinforce each other. My long-forgotten math is not a major problem if I do not worry that I can not necessarily follow all derivations in Feynman; I hope the reasonable approach in this course continues to help me understand the subject.
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2 years, 4 months ago
The content of the course reflected my expectations. The course starts from the basis without taking something for granted. From my point of view a big approval goes to Professor Jim Freericks: it is impressive its ability to explain step by step, with an unexceptionable language, every single issue. I suggest to him to write a book on such arguments: it would be a succes for sure! He really makes possible quantum mechanics for everyone: not only for persons that want "to know that", but also for those who want "to understand why".
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2 years, 4 months ago
I am taking the course now and am going slow due to various other commitments. The course is excellent in the content, introduction of the ideas and progressing the ideas in a methodical manner. The simulation for Stern-Gerlach experiment is fascinating in understanding the concept. Although I am going slow, I'll definitely complete the course and look forward to your next course on this subject. Thank you Professor Freericks and your team.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 4 months ago
Great teaching. A difficult topic taught in a way that everyone interested should be able to understand. Good lectures and video's. If you would like to learn more than this is the way to build enthusiasm.
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2 years, 4 months ago
One of the best courses I ever took. Thanks to the clear explanations and step-by-step simulations, I could understand thoroughly fundamental experiments of quantum physics I had already read about without really understanding them. Of course, it is only an introduction, but a very solid - and pleasant - one.
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2 years, 4 months ago
I really enjoy this course, and the discussion with professor jim freeriks in the discussion forum. For me, it is an epic try to show quantum mechanics without all the mathematics around it, and it succeeded, I don't need to calculate all energy levels of atoms, or the way the equations for superconductivity work. I simply want to know what the state of our knowledge is, and be able to understand what is told (and classify if it is true or not). I previously read the book of Leonard Susskind (Quantum Mechanics, the theoretical minimum), and that takes a completely different approach. This course here at edx gives a good foundation. Offcourse, if you want to work in this field, you have to study a lot more. I did 30 years ago.. Only thing, this course is for everyone, but it will not come all too easy. It takes time to complete it, and simply watching the videos will not be enough. But since I kicked the television out of the house, I... I really enjoy this course, and the discussion with professor jim freeriks in the discussion forum. For me, it is an epic try to show quantum mechanics without all the mathematics around it, and it succeeded, I don't need to calculate all energy levels of atoms, or the way the equations for superconductivity work. I simply want to know what the state of our knowledge is, and be able to understand what is told (and classify if it is true or not). I previously read the book of Leonard Susskind (Quantum Mechanics, the theoretical minimum), and that takes a completely different approach. This course here at edx gives a good foundation. Offcourse, if you want to work in this field, you have to study a lot more. I did 30 years ago.. Only thing, this course is for everyone, but it will not come all too easy. It takes time to complete it, and simply watching the videos will not be enough. But since I kicked the television out of the house, I have a lot of time left for better things ;)
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2 years, 4 months ago
At first I was skeptical about the idea of the course that one could learn QM without any math background (I was a CTA for MITx 8.05x Mastering Quantum Mechanics. But the course is mostly on the foundations of QM and its unusual predictions especially Bell's inequalities. These of course are easily accessible to anyone with a brain and a high school education. So the professor does an excellent job with Stern-Gerlach experiments and the simulations are an excellent way for someone with no background to learn the material. The course is limited - it doesn't cover all the usual QM calculations of the hydrogen atom energy levels etc. There are other excellent online courses that cover that material - see the edX/MITx courses and a new one starting in a month from HarvardX. The professor quickly responds to all questions on the forum and states his views clearly. I disagree with some of them but it seems everyone has a slightly di... At first I was skeptical about the idea of the course that one could learn QM without any math background (I was a CTA for MITx 8.05x Mastering Quantum Mechanics. But the course is mostly on the foundations of QM and its unusual predictions especially Bell's inequalities. These of course are easily accessible to anyone with a brain and a high school education. So the professor does an excellent job with Stern-Gerlach experiments and the simulations are an excellent way for someone with no background to learn the material. The course is limited - it doesn't cover all the usual QM calculations of the hydrogen atom energy levels etc. There are other excellent online courses that cover that material - see the edX/MITx courses and a new one starting in a month from HarvardX. The professor quickly responds to all questions on the forum and states his views clearly. I disagree with some of them but it seems everyone has a slightly different interpretation of quantum mechanics. So take this course if you are a beginner and want to learn about nature's most important theory. Eventually if you want to go further you will have to learn more physics and mathematics, but this course is a good start.
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2 years, 4 months ago
If I could give it less than half a star I would. Unfortunately this is a huge disappointment and this course is NOT for "everyone". I have 35+ years of computer programming experience and thus I am used to thinking logically. I also have quite an open mind when it comes to science, and realize that not everything is as we seem to think it is in the Universe. The concepts in the first lessons on magnetism were so confusing and poorly explained that I got *every single question wrong* and could not even get the right answer no matter how many times I tried. Too frustrating and pointless to even bother going any further. Also they act as if they are the *only* ones that know the "correct" answer to quantum mechanics. That sounded rather egotistical if you ask me. In addition, during one of their videos they outlined 10 things in every day life that relate to quantum mechanics. It seemed like most of them they said they don't cover in t... If I could give it less than half a star I would. Unfortunately this is a huge disappointment and this course is NOT for "everyone". I have 35+ years of computer programming experience and thus I am used to thinking logically. I also have quite an open mind when it comes to science, and realize that not everything is as we seem to think it is in the Universe. The concepts in the first lessons on magnetism were so confusing and poorly explained that I got *every single question wrong* and could not even get the right answer no matter how many times I tried. Too frustrating and pointless to even bother going any further. Also they act as if they are the *only* ones that know the "correct" answer to quantum mechanics. That sounded rather egotistical if you ask me. In addition, during one of their videos they outlined 10 things in every day life that relate to quantum mechanics. It seemed like most of them they said they don't cover in the course to begin with. I'm sure there's a lot more to quantum mechanics than just magnetism and light. I would recommend people look elsewhere to learn more about quantum mechanics.
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