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Quantum Physics

The revered quantum physicist Richard Feynman once quipped, ̢ĺŰĺĎI think I can ... (more)

The revered quantum physicist Richard Feynman once quipped, ̢ĺŰĺĎI think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.̢ĺŰĺ And yet, the study of quantum mechanics has given birth to the laser, the microchip, and the electron microscope. What̢ĺŰĺŞs going on here? You can find out by taking Quantum Physics I, a completely free online class from MIT. The Syllabus is a great way to get situated with the course offerings and the Readings section offers links to help purchase the necessary books. When ready, strap yourself into your office chair and launch into the 24 one-hour-long Lecture Videos. Don̢ĺŰĺŞt forget the Lecture Notes (you̢ĺŰĺŞll need those!), as well as Assignments, Exams, and Study Materials. If you have ever longed to understand the Higgs Boson or wondered how a photon can act as either a particle or a wave, this incredible, knowledge packed course from one of the top scientific universities in the world is for you. (less)

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Physics
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Internet Scout Project
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Internet Scout Project
Author:
Adams, Allan
Evans, Matthew
Zwiebach, Barton
Quantum Physics: An Introduction
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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
Physics
Education
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
SERC at Carlton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Pedagogy in Action (SERC)
M&MŒŹ Model of the Atom: Edible Subatomic Particles
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M&MŒŹ Model of the Atom: Edible Subatomic Particles

In this activity, learners use colored candy to represent subatomic particles and ... (more)

In this activity, learners use colored candy to represent subatomic particles and make a model of an atom (Bohr model). This activity will help familiarize learners with subatomic components of an atom as well as nuclear notation of the periodic table. (less)

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Mathematics
Chemistry
Engineering
Life Science
Physics
Technology
Education
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Activities and Labs
Data
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Eric Muller
The Exploratorium
Quantum Physics I, Spring 2003
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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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M.I.T.
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Young S. Lee
Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology
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Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology

The web page of the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne ... (more)

The web page of the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology of Melbourne, Australia provides links to news articles and information on research programs and educational programs for university students and the general public. There is also information on the Centre's education and outreach programs, including Swinburne Astronomy Online (SAO), which concentrates on fundamental concepts and key issues in contemporary astronomy for amateur astronomers, educators and communicators, people working in related fields, and the general public. Other materials include Cosmos, an online astronomy encyclopedia for general audiences; information on AstroTours, 3D virtual tours of astronomical objects and phenomena; and information on SpaceWorks, the Centre's commercial arm for combining projection and visualization technology with educational content. (less)

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Physics
Space Science
Technology
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NSDL Staff
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Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
The University of Waterloo: Astrophysics and Gravitation
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The University of Waterloo: Astrophysics and Gravitation

The University of Waterloo's astrophysics and gravitation group studies the origin and ... (more)

The University of Waterloo's astrophysics and gravitation group studies the origin and fate of the Universe, the nature of dark matter, black hole dynamics and thermodynamics, the unification of general relativity and quantum mechanics and other fundamental physics problems. The web site provides a link to the faculty, where users can discover more about their specific research interests. By clicking on the ever-changing Picture of the Moment on the home page, users can find information on the phenomenon presented. Researchers can learn about the observatory, telescopes, and equipment used by the group. Students and educators can find out about the group's many talks and seminars. (less)

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Physics
Space Science
Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Quantum Physics III, Spring 2005
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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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Science and Technology
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Activities and Labs
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M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Rajagopal, Krishna
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) combines the resources and research facilities ... (more)

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) combines the resources and research facilities of the Harvard College Observatory and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to pursue studies of those basic physical processes that determine the nature and evolution of the university. The site provides information on the organization's research activities, grouped into six topic areas: the solar system; stars, planets, and origins; galaxies; cosmology; laboratory astrophysics; and extreme astrophysics. The education and outreach page includes links to professional development materials, curriculum materials, and information on informal education programs and education research projects. Other materials include an image gallery, an almanac on the current night sky, and information on four strategic science themes selected by CfA for concentration of expertise and investments: cosmology, galaxies, stars and planets, and extreme astrophysics. (less)

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Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Reference
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
Quantum Physics II, Fall 2004
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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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Science and Technology
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Full Course
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Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Stewart, Iain
Hayden Planetarium: Astrophysics Visualization Archive
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Hayden Planetarium: Astrophysics Visualization Archive

This online Hayden Planetarium resource contains 50 short movies that demonstrate astronomical ... (more)

This online Hayden Planetarium resource contains 50 short movies that demonstrate astronomical and astrophysical phenomenon, including a total eclipse of the Sun, a supernova explosion, the Milky Way's gravitational power, and the formation and evolution of x-ray clusters. An explanation of what the movie shows, along with relevant scientific concepts, is given for each visualization. To view a movie, first download it to your desktop. The visualizations are grouped in these four categories: Solar System (25 visualizations), Stars (11 visualizations), Galaxies (7 visualizations) and Universe (7 visualizations. (less)

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Physics
Space Science
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Reference
Provider:
American Museum of Natural History
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American Museum of Natural History
HiRISE: High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment
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HiRISE: High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment

The HiRISE camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured images of ... (more)

The HiRISE camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured images of Martian surface features of unprecedented quality, resolving objects just a few meters across. This archive of HiRISE imagery contains over a thousand images and is searchable by theme (climate change, aeolian processes, fluvial processes, volcanic processes, and tectonic processes), or by keyword. For users with slower internet connections, the site also features an online map viewer that can be zoomed and panned to select images to explore in full resolution. The front page displays a featured image and a set of images from the previous week. Images are downloadable and are accompanied by metadata, including acquisition date, location, and range to target site; some are also accompanied by a brief written description detailing what is being shown. (less)

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Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Data
Images and Illustrations
Reference
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University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
DLESE Community Collection
Astrophysics I, Spring 2006
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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
Material Type:
Full Course
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Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Chakrabarty, Deepto
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Created in 1890, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory has a rich history of ... (more)

Created in 1890, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory has a rich history of space science research. Affiliated with Harvard University, the SAO moved from Washington, DC to Cambridge, MA in 1955. Today, the Observatory employs over 300 scientists working on broad programs of astrophysical research supported by federal appropriations and other funding sources. Its divisions include high energy astrophysics, theoretical astrophysics, and optical and infrared astronomy. First-time visitors might do well to look over the Research area, which contains research statements and detailed project information on the SAO's work on the solar system, galaxies, and stars. The Features area is quite a find and it contains profiles on the third dimensions of Cassiopeia A, the search for other Earths, and dozens of other subjects dating back to 2009. Within Education & Outreach, visitors will find links to curriculum materials and public outreach ideas like "Inside Einstein's Universe" and "Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists." Finally, visitors should look over the Opportunities area as it contains information for science researchers and those seeking postdoctoral fellowships. (less)

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Space Science
Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Astrophysics II, Fall 2004
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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
Material Type:
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Lecture Notes
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Schechter, Paul
Laboratory of Astrophysics and Surface Science
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Laboratory of Astrophysics and Surface Science

Syracuse University's Laboratory of Astrophysics and Surface Science developed this Web site ... (more)

Syracuse University's Laboratory of Astrophysics and Surface Science developed this Web site devoted primarily to its research in the "study of physical and chemical processes occurring in the interstellar medium." Educators and students can learn the details of the apparatus used to study hydrogen recombination reactions on material surfaces in interstellar conditions. The site features educational graphs and images in the topics of Laboratory Astrophysics and Thin Film Growth. Users can view images of the research group's Atomic / Molecular Beam Scattering Apparatus and other facilities. Scientists can request preprints or reprints of the many publications produced by the group. (less)

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Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
US / Russia Collaboration in Plasma Astrophysics
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US / Russia Collaboration in Plasma Astrophysics

The US/Russia collaboration in plasma astrophysics combines the efforts of scientists from ... (more)

The US/Russia collaboration in plasma astrophysics combines the efforts of scientists from two groups -- the Russian Academy of Science Institutes and Cornell University -- to solve many of the complicated problems associated with the magnetohydrodynamical (MHD). Students and educators can find thorough descriptions about the collaboration's studies in wind accretion to dipoles, disk accretion to dipoles, the origin of jets, and the accretion disks theory. Researchers will also find numerous downloadable published papers from 1992 to present. (less)

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Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
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Internet Scout Project
Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
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Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics

The Australian National University's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) is ... (more)

The Australian National University's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) is "Australia's premier university centre for astronomical research." At the website, visitors can discover how the School is advancing the observational and theoretical frontiers of astronomy. The exciting accomplishments the website addresses include the discovery of the oldest star in our galaxy, the finding that the universe is growing at an accelerating rate, and the modeling of the interstellar medium. The website features the Gemini Observatory and the ANU Planetary Science Institute (PSU) as well as the latest science news, publications, and conferences. (less)

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Physics
Space Science
Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
High Resolution Images in a Catalog of Greek Coins from the Dewing Numismatics Foundation
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High Resolution Images in a Catalog of Greek Coins from the Dewing Numismatics Foundation

The latest addition to the excellent collection of ancient coin digital images ... (more)

The latest addition to the excellent collection of ancient coin digital images at the Perseus Project (see the April 28, 2000 Scout Report) comes from the Dewing Numismatic Foundation. 452 Greek coins from this collection are currently on loan to the Harvard Art Museum and are now offered digitally at the Perseus Project. A straight list of the new additions may be accessed through the link provided at this press release page. Images of the coins are offered in three resolutions. Catalog entries for the coins include material, denomination, mint, region, issuing authority (when known), actual weight, diameter, and a description of the type and legend on either side of the coin. (less)

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Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Goddard Space Flight Center: Astrophysics Science Division
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Goddard Space Flight Center: Astrophysics Science Division

The home page of the Astrophysics Science Division at Goddard Space Flight ... (more)

The home page of the Astrophysics Science Division at Goddard Space Flight Center provides information on the division's research projects, missions, goals, and activities. Topics include the evolution of galaxies, stars, and planets; the diversity of worlds outside our solar system; the possibillity of life on those worlds; and astrophysics questions such as what powered the Big Bang, what is dark energy, and what happens at the edge of a black hole. Links are also provided to mission webpages, news articles and notifications of seminars and meetings. (less)

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Chemistry
Geoscience
Life Science
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
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