Modern Physics: Quantum Mechanics (Winter 2012)
by Leonard Susskind
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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 six-quarter 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.
|1||Video1. Quantum Mechanics Lecture 1 (January 9, 2012)||Leonard Susskind provides an introduction to quantum mechanics. (January 9, 2012)||1/18/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||Video2. 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)||1/23/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||Video3. 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)||1/31/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||Video4. 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)||2/7/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||Video5. 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)||2/16/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|6||Video6. 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)||2/23/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|7||Video7. Quantum Mechanics Lecture 7 (February 20, 2012)||Leonard Susskind continues to discuss entanglement and what the concept can tell us about the nature of systems and the nature of reality. (February 20, 2012)||3/6/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|8||Video8. Quantum Mechanics Lecture 8 (February 27, 2012)||Leonard Susskind spends some time in the beginning of the lecture discussing some of the basic qualities of systems to lay a foundation for the rest of the lecture and the class. (February 27, 2012)||3/15/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|9||Video9. Quantum Mechanics Lecture 9 (March 12, 2012)||Leonard Susskind diverges from looking at the theory behind quantum mechanics and shifts the focus toward looking at more tangible examples. (March 12, 2012)||4/3/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|10||Video10. Quantum Mechanics Lecture 10 (March 19, 2012)||Leonard Susskind concludes the course by wrapping up the major concepts that were covered throughout the quarter and discussing some of the limits of the field of quantum physics. (March 19, 2012)||4/9/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
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