Quantum Mechanics: Wavefunctions, operators, and expectation values

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In this quantum physics course you will learn the basics of quantum mechanics. We begin with de Broglie waves, the wavefunction, and its probability interpretation. We then introduce the Schrodinger equation, inner products, and Hermitian operators. We also study the time-evolution of wave-packets, Ehrenfest’s theorem, and uncertainty relations.

This is the first 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.

After completing the 8.04x series, you will be ready to tackle the Masteri...

In this quantum physics course you will learn the basics of quantum mechanics. We begin with de Broglie waves, the wavefunction, and its probability interpretation. We then introduce the Schrodinger equation, inner products, and Hermitian operators. We also study the time-evolution of wave-packets, Ehrenfest’s theorem, and uncertainty relations.

This is the first 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.

After completing the 8.04x series, you will be ready to tackle the Mastering Quantum Mechanics course series on edX, which will be available in Spring 2018.

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Its a really great course, and Prof. Barton Zwiebach takes a very different approach to teach the basics of Quantum Mechanics, which is intriguing yet lucid to follow. The problem sets are like a story book, as one solves the problems the story unravels and beautiful elements of QM unfold. I have attended many lectures on the basics on QM and in my opinion this is one of the finest lecture series. Also the idea to break the entire course in three parts was brilliant since not all students can comprehend and withstand the long course. This was the course is crisp and students learn one idea at a time. In future I would like to see advanced level courses in QM like perturbation theory, scattering further leading to relativistic quantum mechanics and eventually the much celebrated Quantum Field Theory. There are no online lectures for advanced QM and hence it would be great if the faculty at MIT can arrange these courses as well.
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