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Quantum Mechanics

By Oxford University

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In this series of physics lectures, Professor J.J. Binney explains how probabilities are obtained from quantum amplitudes, why they give rise to quantum interference, the concept of a complete set of amplitudes and how this defines a "quantum state". A book of the course can be obtained from

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The real deal

Both Binney and this course are the real thing: Binney is a respected Astrophysicist, and this is the course of lectures you get on the subject if you study undergrad Physics at the UK's 2nd best uni. So, the following health warnings apply: 1. Expect to have to work (or at least think) hard if you want to get full value; 2. This is not for the faint-hearted, many of the students in the lecture theatre will (or may) go on to be professional physicists and need to actually understand how to do QM; 3. You will need to be good at Maths (A Level at least) - for example, understanding "e^i(theta)" type notation for complex numbers - or you won't be able to understand the detail.

The good news: you don't *have* to work hard, if you want to just watch without doing any other work you can get a lot from this; if you're roughly in the target audience (good at maths, probably either did study science at uni or could have) this is a full-strength, not dumbed-down, course on proper Physics.

Hard? Yes. Rewarding? Definitely.

Qua mech

Less time should be given to recapping probability laws which are taught at gcse and all maths/physics undergraduates should be familiar with and more time given to explaination. I think these undergraduates will be in the same position that I was in, whereby not truely understanding the topic and learning by rote.

The one

Having a master's in math & probability, this lesson is the first time I feel I actually understand what quantum mechanics is.
True quantum physics is very mathematical and the usual presentations where the math complexity is hidden or dumbed down gave me some intuitions but no solid foundation of understanding.
The accompanying free ebook is very well written and follows the video lesson.

Many thanks prof. Binney!

For other commenters complaining about difficulty, you can either work your math foundations, then follow these quant. mech. lessons and end up with useful knowledge in both disciplines; or try to find dumbed down and confusing quant. mech. lessons and end up with poor understanding in both.

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