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PHYS344 — Fall 2023

PHYS344: Introduction to Quantum Science (PAST/FUTURE SEMESTER)

Fall 4.000 Credit Hours

272H or 241
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This course offers an introduction to quantum mechanics, exploring how it has transformed our understanding of the physical world and revolutionized modern technology. The concepts will be illustrated with a variety of contemporary physics results and applications, including relativistic effects and a brief overview of the emerging field of quantum information science and engineering.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand key concepts in quantum mechanics, including wave-particle duality, superposition, entanglement, and the uncertainty principle. Apply these concepts to predict the behavior of quantum magnets (spins) and quantum light (photons). 2. Learn the wavefunction, the Schrödinger equation, and probability and measurement outcomes in quantum mechanics. Solve the Schrödinger equation in simple model systems and use the results to understand atom spectra, nuclear reactions, molecular bonds, and electronic motion in solids (including semiconductors and superconductors). 3. Understand how quantum mechanics has enabled many modern technologies, including lasers, transistors, solar cells, magnetic resonance imaging, electron microscopy, and the global positioning system. Understand basic ideas of the theory of relativity and relativistic effects in contemporary quantum science. 4. Gain an overview of the emerging field of quantum information science and engineering by exploring quantum computing, quantum communication, and quantum sensing.



Textbook(s) for Fall 2023

Title Author Edition ISBN Publisher Req/Opt Notes
Modern Physics Kenneth S. Krane 9781119495468 John Wiley and Sons Incorporated Required

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