This course is intended for students who have had exposure to physics but yearn to discover more about the modern aspects of physics. Richard Feynman said, "I think I can safely say that nobody today understands quantum physics." While many would agree with this statement in principle, there is no doubt that quantum mechanics is one of the most precise scientific theories ever developed. Its impact is felt every day; it is estimated that 30 percent of the U.S. gross national product stems from inventions based on quantum physics. It is becoming clear that quantum physics is no longer an esoteric topic to be learned in graduate school, but a necessity for many areas of research like chemistry, communication technologies, engineering, and even biological studies. Many of the mysterious aspects of quantum mechanics have been recently explored experimentally, confirming that the quantum world is vastly different from our everyday experience. In this course, students explore the origins and development of the theory, followed by a thorough study of its bizarre implications in light of recent experiments. Finally, the impact and applications of quantum mechanics will be explored, as a way of relating this theory to the real world around us.
Quantum MechanicsPhysical and Earth Science
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A first course in calculus. Students should have completed introductory or AP-level physics courses in mechanics and electricity and magnetism (Note: some courses in physical science do not cover enough physics to satisfy this requirement).