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Vladimir Chaloupka
PHYS 441
Seattle Campus

Quantum Physics

Introduction to concepts and methods of quantum physics: wave mechanics (de Broglie wavelength, uncertainty principle, Schrodinger equation), one-dimensional examples (tunneling, harmonic oscillator), formalism of quantum physics, angular momentum and the hydrogen atom. Recommended: 30 credits in physical science or engineering. Offered: A.

Class description

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Student learning goals

Learn the fundamentals of quantum physics from the first principles, and in depth, to the extent that the students will be able to take more advanced quantum courses, or even continue studying quantum physics on their own.

Refresh students' knowledge of basic math used in physics applications (complex numbers, Fourier Transform and Dirac delta function, differential equations, ...)

Appreciate the awesome accomplishments of the creators of quantum physics: Bohr, Einstein, Schrodinger, Born, Heisenberg, Pauli, Dirac, ...in the miracle period 1900 - 1930.

Appreciate the deep mysteries that remain even after the spectacular success of all tests and applications of quantum physics so far, and the new worldview that quantum physics represents.

General method of instruction

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Recommended preparation

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Class assignments and grading

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Vladimir Chaloupka
Date: 08/11/2012