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Quantum Physics: An Introduction

Quantum Physics: An Introduction

Introduction to Quantum Physics concepts with an activity demonstrating Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, ... (more)

Introduction to Quantum Physics concepts with an activity demonstrating Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, wave/particle duality, Planck's Constant, de Broglie wavelength, and how Newton's Laws go right out the window on a quantum level. (less)

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Science and Technology
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Pedagogy in Action (SERC)
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SERC at Carlton College
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Quantum Physics I, Spring 2003

Quantum Physics I, Spring 2003

Experimental basis of quantum physics: photoelectric effect, Compton scattering, photons, Franck-Hertz experiment, ... (more)

Experimental basis of quantum physics: photoelectric effect, Compton scattering, photons, Franck-Hertz experiment, the Bohr atom, electron diffraction, deBroglie waves, and wave-particle duality of matter and light. Introduction to wave mechanics: Schroedinger's equation, wave functions, wave packets, probability amplitudes, stationary states, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle and zero-point energies. Solutions to Schroedinger's equation in one dimension: transmission and reflection at a barrier, barrier penetration, potential wells, the simple harmonic oscillator. Schroedinger's equation in three dimensions: central potentials, and introduction to hydrogenic systems. (less)

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Science and Technology
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
Author:
Young S. Lee
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Quantum Physics I, Spring 2006

Quantum Physics I, Spring 2006

Experimental basis of quantum physics: photoelectric effect, Compton scattering, photons, Franck-Hertz experiment, ... (more)

Experimental basis of quantum physics: photoelectric effect, Compton scattering, photons, Franck-Hertz experiment, the Bohr atom, electron diffraction, deBroglie waves, and wave-particle duality of matter and light. Introduction to wave mechanics: Schroedinger's equation, wave functions, wave packets, probability amplitudes, stationary states, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle and zero-point energies. Solutions to Schroedinger's equation in one dimension: transmission and reflection at a barrier, barrier penetration, potential wells, the simple harmonic oscillator. Schroedinger's equation in three dimensions: central potentials, and introduction to hydrogenic systems. (less)

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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
Author:
Vuletic, Vladan
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Quantum Physics III, Spring 2005

Quantum Physics III, Spring 2005

Continuation of 8.05. Units: natural units, scales of microscopic phenomena, applications. Time-independent ... (more)

Continuation of 8.05. Units: natural units, scales of microscopic phenomena, applications. Time-independent approximation methods: degenerate and non-degenerate perturbation theory, variational method, Born-Oppenheimer approximation, applications to atomic and molecular systems. The structure of one- and two-electron atoms: overview, spin-orbit and relativistic corrections, fine structure, variational approximation, screening, Zeeman and Stark effects. Charged particles in a magnetic field: Landau levels and integer quantum hall effect. Scattering: general principles, partial waves, review of one-dimension, low-energy approximations, resonance, Born approximation. Time-dependent perturbation theory. Students research and write a paper on a topic related to the content of 8.05 and 8.06. (less)

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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
Author:
Rajagopal, Krishna
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Quantum Physics II, Fall 2004

Quantum Physics II, Fall 2004

Together 8.05 and 8.06 cover quantum physics with applications drawn from modern ... (more)

Together 8.05 and 8.06 cover quantum physics with applications drawn from modern physics. General formalism of quantum mechanics: states, operators, Dirac notation, representations, measurement theory. Harmonic oscillator: operator algebra, states. Quantum mechanics in three-dimensions: central potentials and the radial equation, bound and scattering states, qualitative analysis of wavefunctions. Angular momentum: operators, commutator algebra, eigenvalues and eigenstates, spherical harmonics. Spin: Stern-Gerlach devices and measurements, nuclear magnetic resonance, spin and statistics. Addition of angular momentum: Clebsch-Gordan series and coefficients, spin systems, and allotropic forms of hydrogen. (less)

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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
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Stewart, Iain
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The Restless Universe

The Restless Universe

The restless Universe introduces you to major achievements and figures in the ... (more)

The restless Universe introduces you to major achievements and figures in the history of physics, from Copernicus to Einstein and beyond. The route from classical to quantum physics will be laid out for you without recourse to challenging mathematics but with the fundamental features of theories and discoveries described in sufficient detail to whet your appetite for further physics study. (less)

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Science and Technology
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Open University OpenLearn
Provider:
Open University
Author:
The Open University
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Astrophysics I, Spring 2006

Astrophysics I, Spring 2006

Size and time scales. Historical astronomy. Astronomical instrumentation. Stars: spectra and classification. ... (more)

Size and time scales. Historical astronomy. Astronomical instrumentation. Stars: spectra and classification. Stellar structure equations and survey of stellar evolution. Stellar oscillations. Degenerate and collapsed stars; radio pulsars. Interacting binary systems; accretion disks, x-ray sources. Gravitational lenses; dark matter. Interstellar medium: HII regions, supernova remnants, molecular clouds, dust; radiative transfer; Jeans' mass; star formation. High-energy astrophysics: Compton scattering, bremsstrahlung, synchrotron radiation, cosmic rays. Galactic stellar distributions and populations; Oort constants; Oort limit; and globular clusters. (less)

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Science and Technology
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
Author:
Chakrabarty, Deepto
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Astrophysics II, Fall 2004

Astrophysics II, Fall 2004

Galactic dynamics: potential theory, orbits, collisionless Boltzmann equation, etc. Galaxy interactions. Groups ... (more)

Galactic dynamics: potential theory, orbits, collisionless Boltzmann equation, etc. Galaxy interactions. Groups and clusters; dark matter. Intergalactic medium; x-ray clusters. Active galactic nuclei: unified models, black hole accretion, radio and optical jets, etc. Homogeneity and isotropy, redshift, galaxy distance ladder. Newtonian cosmology. Roberston-Walker models and cosmography. Early universe, primordial nucleosynthesis, recombination. Cosmic microwave background radiation. Large-scale structure, galaxy formation. (less)

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Science and Technology
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
Author:
Schechter, Paul
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How Many Universes are There?

How Many Universes are There?

The fact that no one knows the answer to this question is ... (more)

The fact that no one knows the answer to this question is what makes it exciting. The story of physics has been one of an ever-expanding understanding of the sheer scale of reality, to the point where physicists are now postulating that there may be far more universes than just our own. Chris Anderson explores the thrilling implications of this idea. A quiz, thought provoking question, and links for further study are provided to create a lesson around the 5-minute video. Educators may use the platform to easily "Flip" or create their own lesson for use with their students of any age or level. (less)

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Science and Technology
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Video Lectures
Collection:
TED-Ed
Provider:
TED-Ed
Author:
Anderson
Andrew
Chris
Park
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Exploring Black Holes: General Relativity and Astrophysics, Spring 2003

Exploring Black Holes: General Relativity and Astrophysics, Spring 2003

Study of physical effects in the vicinity of a black hole as ... (more)

Study of physical effects in the vicinity of a black hole as the basis for understanding general relativity, astrophysics, and elements of cosmology. Extension to current developments in theory and observation. Energy and momentum in flat spacetime; the metric; curvature or spacetime near rotating and nonrotating centers of attraction; the Global Positioning System and its dependence on general relativity; trajectories and orbits of particles. Subject has online component and classroom lectures are replaced with online interactions: manipulation of visualization software, access to websites describing current research, electronic submission of homework, and structured online discussions between undergraduates and alumni and with instructors and graduate specialists in the topics covered. (less)

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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
Author:
Bertschinger, Edmund
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The Evolving Universe

The Evolving Universe

The 'Big Bang' is said to be the origin of our Universe. ... (more)

The 'Big Bang' is said to be the origin of our Universe. This unit will help you to comprehend what happened in the moments immediately after the Big Bang and during the initial cooling period. You will also gain an understanding of how this event turned in to the Universe we live in today. (less)

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Science and Technology
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Open University OpenLearn
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Open University
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History of the Universe

History of the Universe

This interactive timeline from the NOVA Web site recaps the theoretical origin ... (more)

This interactive timeline from the NOVA Web site recaps the theoretical origin and formation of the universe, and forecasts its eventual fate. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media. (less)

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Science and Technology
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Teachers' Domain
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PBS Learning Media
Author:
WGBH Educational Foundation
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The Faculties - Universities

The Faculties - Universities

Students will find useful information to help them know if they should ... (more)

Students will find useful information to help them know if they should attend the university. Guidance for selecting a university, how to apply and financial planning is included. Students will learn about personal finance decisions and about full-time or part-time enrollment choices. (less)

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Arts
Business
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Video Lectures
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The Faculties
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The Faculties / JISC
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Windows to the Universe

Windows to the Universe

This site explores the Earth, planets of our solar system, and the ... (more)

This site explores the Earth, planets of our solar system, and the universe. It includes images, animations, and data sets, and information about books, movies, scientists, and myths. (less)

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Humanities
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Activities and Labs
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University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
No Strings Attached
A Universe of Galaxies

A Universe of Galaxies

This fun hands-on astronomy activity lets learners explore models of the Milky ... (more)

This fun hands-on astronomy activity lets learners explore models of the Milky Way and other galaxies to get a sense of relative distances to other galaxies. Part of the activity involves learners moving certain distances from each other to represent distances in the universe. Telescopes and night viewing are recommended but not required. This activity can be used with the general public at a star party, as well as with school-aged learners in a classroom. The PDF contains step-by-step instructions, photos, helpful hints, background information, and ready-to-print handouts. This is the English unit version; see related URLs for a link to the Metric unit version. (less)

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Science and Technology
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Night Sky Network
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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
No Strings Attached
Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics

Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics

This course focuses on three particularly interesting areas of astronomy that are ... (more)

This course focuses on three particularly interesting areas of astronomy that are advancing very rapidly: Extra-Solar Planets, Black Holes, and Dark Energy. Particular attention is paid to current projects that promise to improve our understanding significantly over the next few years. The course explores not just what is known, but what is currently not known, and how astronomers are going about trying to find out. (less)

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Science and Technology
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Open Yale Courses
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Yale University
Author:
Charles Bailyn
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Einstein University

Einstein University

Einstein University is a free online university/academic social network where students and ... (more)

Einstein University is a free online university/academic social network where students and professors from around the world can share ideas, read each others papers and collaborate on research. You can upload your photo, curriculum vitae and up to four research papers. Instead of charging students tuition the university funds itself through ad revenue and uses volunteer professors. (less)

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Science and Technology
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Open University

Open University

The Open University (OU) is the United Kingdom's only university dedicated to ... (more)

The Open University (OU) is the United Kingdom's only university dedicated to distance learning. For most courses there are no previous qualifications required to study, you have to be aged 18 when your course starts but there is no upper age limit. We have around 150,000 undergraduate and more than 30,000 postgraduate students. 10,000 of our students have disabilities. The Open University's style of teaching is called supported open learning. Nearly all students are studying part-time. About 70 per cent of undergraduate students are in full-time employment. More than 50,000 students are sponsored by their employers for their studies. . (less)

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Seeing and Exploring the Universe Resource Guide

Seeing and Exploring the Universe Resource Guide

This guide provides an overview of 16 NASA missions studying the structure ... (more)

This guide provides an overview of 16 NASA missions studying the structure and evolution of the Universe. A description of the science and educational programs for each mission is provided, along with a list of other relevant resources and websites. The following missions are described in the guide: Advanced Composition Explorer(ACE), Astro-E2, Chandra, Cosmic Hot Interstellar Plasma Spectrometer (CHIPS), Constellation X-ray Mission (CON-X), Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) Gamma-Ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) Gravity Probe-B (GP-B), High Energy Transient Explorer 2 (HETE-2), International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL), Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA), Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP), Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE), Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite (SWAS), Swift, and X-ray Multi-Mirror-Newton Mission (XMM-Newton). (less)

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Science and Technology
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NASA
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Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA
No Strings Attached
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
Author:
George Kocur
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