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Quantum Mechanics for Everyone

Georgetown University via edX

Overview

Quantum Mechanics for Everyone is a six-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 modules of this course will be released on a weekly basis from October 11, 2020 to November 22, 2020, when all the course material will be available in the archive mode.

Syllabus

1. Introduction to the Quantum World
- Introduction
- Classical mechanics of moving magnets in a magnetic field
- Probability
- Quantum Probability

2. Advanced Quantum Mechanics with Spins
- Stern-Gerlach analyzer-loop
- Analog of the two-slit experiment
- Wheeler’s delayed choice experiment
- Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen
- Bell’s inequality
- NMR and MRI

3. The Quantum Mechanics of Light
- Wave or particle?
- Exploring the quantum model for light
- Developing the quantum model for light
- Understanding the quantum mystery
- Applications of the quantum theory of light

4. Advanced Quantum Ideas with Light
- Introduction to quantum seeing in the dark
- Mach-Zehnder Interferometer
- The Quantum Zeno Effect Quantum Seeing in the Dark
- Identical particles and the Hong-Ou-Mandel experiment

Taught by

James Freericks

Reviews

5.0 rating, based on 112 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous
    This class wasn't what I expected it to be. It was way better. I expected it to be a lot more like the popular books/audiobooks on quantum mechanics that I've consumed over the past few years. These were the kinds of books that start by introducing a...
  • I was really impressed by Professor Freericks's course. He's pioneering a new way of teaching Quantum Mechanics which is rigorous and correctly conveys the actual content of the physical theory without the need for much 'advanced' mathematics. The course...
  • Anonymous
    I want to thank you so much for this incredible experience. I found the course extremely, though deliciously, challenging at times, which was great (after the fact) and so rewarding and stimulating. I love that I now dream I am solving quantum mechanics...
  • Cathy Laezza
    An excellent course led by an excellent Professor. The course is well structured and gives a great deal of information. There are videos, tutorials, written text, as well as test questions and retrieval practice to help you understand and remember the...
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    John Reese
    Professor Freericks and his support staff are clearly committed to providing the best possible MOOC experience possible. Not everything covered made sense to me the first time through, but I was amazed at the level of support I received, as reflected...
  • Anonymous
    This is easily the best MOOC course I have taken so far! The content was amazing, and Professor Freericks' pedagogical style was mind-blowing! I have an undergraduate degree, as well as a graduate degree in Chemical Engineering, but I changed fields and...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I took this course last year because I wanted to have a better understanding of Quantum Mechanics and to measure its content to what I thought I knew about it. First off, the course is extremely well made. The videos and step by step didactic lessons...
  • César E. Cruz
    I am from the Dominican Republic, and I am really glad that I took Quantum Mechanics for Everyone. This was my second try, since I was not able to complete the prior class. I am a water management specialist in the field of agriculture, and in this class,...
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    William Courtney

    William Courtney completed this course.

    An outstanding course. The instructor guaranteed that there would be no lies about QM, that there would be no over-simplifications, and he lived up to that guarantee. This course is not the usual mathematical, bra-ket approach. Instead, it takes a physical...
  • Deborah Zroka Weldon
    This course is excellent. It really does make Quantum Mechanics accessible to everyone. You learn all about the quantum mystery without requiring intensive knowledge of calculus. You are introduced to all of the famous quantum mechanics experiments...
  • Sahrid Kancherla
    I absolutely loved this course. It really delves into the introductory quantum mechanical courses, and goes through them thoroughly. What sets this course apart from others is the animations and tutorials: wonderfully developed to aid our learning from...
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    Jan Kowalski

    Jan Kowalski completed this course.

    Because I have only reached middle school and a high school diploma, and speak English fairly poorly, I have had great doubts about completing this course. Now I have made it, with 97% success. I'm also about 97% sure (I've learned a lot about probabilities)...
  • Emma Mellinger
    Thorough and easy-to-understand introduction to the basic concepts. I enjoyed the interactive tutorials, especially the setups where you could play around with the variables and see what happened. The level of math was pretty low so don’t be put off. High school algebra is sufficient, even if you forgot most of it! Professor Freericks explains everything very clearly, although I benefitted from re-watching several of the videos. THe right pace - I just did a bit each day. Thank you!
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    Henri K.
    Before getting into the course, as a high school student, I didn't know what to expect about the level of contents despite being available to everyone. Indeed, at first there were some math I haven't learned yet or ideas that were confusing. However, by both engaging in discussions with Dr. Freericks as well as reviewing the course material, I now know that I had a memorable and meaningful summer. As someone who loves math, physics, and engineering, this course was very enjoyable!
  • Anonymous
    Awesome graphics presentation.

    Sadly missed introductory treatment of Schrodinger's equation.
    I realize that the mathematics could not be included but I suggest to give an oversight of:

    * Purpose of the wave equation.
    * Given that so many solutions are possible, what do we do with them?

    (Just practical answers for the non-specialist)

    Thank you for the course, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Kind Regards

    George Dor

  • Anonymous
    This is an excellent course about quantum mechanics. I now understand how quantum world is different from classical world we can see.
    One thing I want to study more is "Quantum entanglement". I want to know "The example of quantum entanglement in Space(nature).", "How we can create quantum entanglement in Lab.", "Computer based tutorial about "Quantum entanglement". Please cover these topic in future class.
  • Tom Russotto completed this course.

    I completed this course number of months ago and found it was very interesting. The course tries to explain quantum mechanics without a lot of math, specifically without calculus. The professor does this explanation using clever models and short apps with which the students can interact. It is a very effective method and reduces the mystery of quantum mechanics. No one can explain quantum mechanics in a way that humans can truly understand it but this course does does an exceptional job of providing more intuition into quantum mechanics, especially for those without calculus - thus, it's for everyone.
  • Anonymous
    Excellent class on an important topic that everyone should have a base understanding. The videos and were great. The lab simulations were excellent and reinforced all the concepts. This is my second time taking the same class and it really helped to cement the concepts.
  • Anonymous
    To whom it may concern

    Quantum mechanics for everyone is an innovative course with great potentiality and fundamental because it allows non-experts to have a greater understanding of the world
    Unfortunately, due to health problems, I did not succeed in attending it.
    I hope. next time to have no obstacle and so the chance to do something really interesting
    With my best compliments
    Palma Parascandola
  • A wonderful course with marvelous, innovative tutorials. The instructor is impassioned and eager to answer questions on the subject matter. It is well worth any time spent exploring and learning the often misunderstood world of quantum mechanics.

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