Quantum Physics I

Course Description

This course covers the experimental basis of quantum physics. Topics include: photoelectric effect, Compton scattering, photons, Franck-Hertz experiment, the Bohr atom, electron diffraction, de Broglie waves, and the wave-particle duality of matter and light. Introduction to wave mechanics: Schrödinger's equation, wave functions, wave packets, probability amplitudes, stationary states, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, and zero-point energies. Solutions to Schrödinger's equation in one dimension: transmission and reflection at a barrier, barrier penetration, potential wells, the simple harmonic oscillator. Schrödinger's equation in three dimensions: central potentials and introduction to hydrogenic systems. The course is taught by three professors: Prof. Allan Adams, Prof. Matthew Evans, and Prof. Barton Zwiebach. It is the first course in the undergraduate Quantum Physics sequence, followed by 8.05 Quantum Physics II and 8.06 Quantum Physics III.

Copyright Information

Allan Adams, Matthew Evans, and Barton Zwiebach. 8.04 Quantum Physics I, Spring 2013. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed 21 Jan, 2015). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
Quantum Physics I
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Video Lectures & Study Materials

Visit the official course website for more study materials: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-04-quantum-physics-i-spring-2013/

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1 Introduction to Superposition (1:16:07) Play Video Lecture Notes
2 Experimental Facts of Life (1:20:08) Play Video Lecture Notes
3 The Wave Function (1:17:55) Play Video Lecture Notes
4 Expectations, Momentum, and Uncertainty (1:20:07) Play Video Lecture Notes
5 Operators and the Schrӧdinger Equation (1:23:14) Play Video Lecture Notes
6 Time Evolution and the Schrödinger Equation (1:22:19) Play Video Lecture Notes
7 More on Energy Eigenstates (1:15:54) Play Video Lecture Notes
8 Quantum Harmonic Oscillator (1:21:00) Play Video Lecture Notes
9 Operator Methods for the Harmonic Oscillator (1:17:54) Play Video
10 Clicker Bonanza and Dirac Notation (1:21:32) Play Video
11 Dispersion of the Gaussian and the Finite Well (1:21:05) Play Video
12 The Dirac Well and Scattering off the Finite Step (1:23:48) Play Video
13 Scattering Take 2 (1:22:35) Play Video
14 Resonance and the S-Matrix (1:23:56) Play Video
15 Eigenstates of the Angular Momentum (1:24:42) Play Video
16 Eigenstates of the Angular Momentum II (1:20:38) Play Video
17 Central Potentials Take 2 (1:20:42) Play Video
18 "Hydrogen" and its Discontents (1:20:07) Play Video
19 Identical Particles (1:23:01) Play Video
20 Periodic Lattices - Part 1 (1:24:20) Play Video
21 Periodic Lattices - Part 2 (1:22:21) Play Video
22 Metals, Insulators, and Semiconductors (1:26:35) Play Video
23 More on Spin (1:22:10) Play Video
24 Entanglement — QComputing, EPR, and Bell (1:22:45) Play Video
25 Experiment 2: Effective Mass (2:14) Play Video

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