8.321 Quantum Theory I

Fall 2002

Ground state of a 2D quantum system with two classical minima.
Ground state of a 2D quantum system with two classical minima. (Image adapted from course content.)

Course Highlights

The Quantum Theory I Web site features lecture notes and problem sets.

Course Description

8.321 is the first semester of a two-semester subject on quantum theory, stressing principles. Topics covered include: Hilbert spaces, observables, uncertainty relations, eigenvalue problems and methods for solution thereof, time-evolution in the Schrodinger, Heisenberg, and interaction pictures, connections between classical and quantum mechanics, path integrals, quantum mechanics in EM fields, angular momentum, time-independent perturbation theory, density operators, and quantum measurement.
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Staff

Instructor:
Prof. Washington Taylor

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Recitations:
One session / week
1 hour / session

Level

Graduate