Modern Physics: Quantum Mechanics (Winter 2012) Stanford

 Science

Quantum theory governs the universe at its most basic level. In the first half of the 20th century physics was turned on its head by the radical discoveries of Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, and Erwin Schroedinger. An entire new logical and mathematical foundation—quantum mechanics—eventually replaced classical physics. We will explore the quantum world, including the particle theory of light, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, and the Schroedinger Equation.
This course is the second of a sixquarter sequence of courses that explores the essential theoretical foundations of modern physics. The topics to be covered include quantum mechanics, the general and special theories of relativity, electromagnetism, cosmology, and black holes. While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well. Both individually and collectively they will let students attain the “theoretical minimum” for thinking intelligently about modern physics.
This course is presented by the Stanford Continuing Studies Program.

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1. Quantum Mechanics Lecture 1 (January 9, 2012)
Leonard Susskind provides an introduction to quantum mechanics. (January 9, 2012)

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2. Quantum Mechanics Lecture 2 (January 16, 2012)
Leonard Susskind discusses some of the basic logic in quantum mechanics and then moves into some more mathematical concepts. (January 16, 2012)

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3. Quantum Mechanics Lecture 3 (January 23, 2012)
Leonard Susskind works through some of the mathematics behind vectors and operators as used in physics. (January 23, 2012)

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4. Quantum Mechanics Lecture 4 (January 30, 2012)
Leonard Susskind continues his discussion on the vectors and operators that define the language of quantum physics. (January 30, 2012)

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5. Quantum Mechanics Lecture 5 (February 6, 2012)
Leonard Susskind discusses an array of topics including uncertainty, the Schroedinger equation, and how things evolve with time. (February 6, 2012)

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6. Quantum Mechanics Lecture 6 (February 13, 2012)
Leonard Susskind starts the class by answering a question that arose in the last lecture about photons and the energy at different states and then continues with the topic of entanglement. (February 13, 2012)