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Physics for Nonphysicists: Quantum Theory   

Quantum mechanics is correctly considered mysterious since it is like nothing we encounter in our everyday, macroscopic lives. For example, if you try to say, “an electron is like a _________,” you find nothing in your experience to fill in the blank. The best we can do is describe how it works. The course will cover the three major methods of calculating quantum mechanical effects, leading to the periodic table of the elements. The course will not discuss philosophical interpretations of quantum theory. A Nobel Prize-winning physicist once said that he didn’t understand quantum mechanics and, by the end of this course, neither will you. Some easy mathematics will be used in the course. The course consists of illustrated lectures including animations and video clips. Everyone is expected to ask questions at any time during the class. Course materials, including presentation slides, Internet links, a bibliography, and other relevant information, will be available at LearnerNotes.org. 

  • Physics for Nonphysicists: Quantum Theory
  • Item Number: W24STEM102A
    Dates: 1/22/2024 - 3/4/2024
    Times: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Days: M
    Sessions: 7
    Maximum Enrollment:  75
    Building: Campbell Center
    Room: Room E
    Instructor: John Johnson
    Registration for this course is closed. 
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