8.321 Quantum Theory I

As taught in: Fall 2002

3D graph projected onto 2D graph showing two peaks.

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




Prof. Washington Taylor

Course Features

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.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.