Modern Physics: Quantum Mechanics
The topics (10 lectures) covered in this course focus on quantum mechanics. The course is taught by Leonard Susskind, the Felix Bloch Professor of Physics at Stanford University.
Quantum mechanics, also known as quantum physics or quantum theory, is a branch of physics dealing with physical phenomena where the action is of the order of Planck constant; quantum mechanics departs from classical mechanics primarily at the atomic and subatomic scales, the so-called quantum realm.
It provides a mathematical description of much of the dual particle-like and wave-like behavior and interactions of energy and matter.
In advanced topics of quantum mechanics, some of these behaviors are macroscopic and only emerge at very low or very high energies or temperatures.
The name “quantum mechanics” derives from the observation that some physical quantities can change only by discrete amounts, or quanta in Latin.
For example, the angular momentum of an electron bound to an atom or molecule is quantized. In the context of quantum mechanics, the wave–particle duality of energy and matter and the uncertainty principle provide a unified view of the behavior of photons, electrons and other atomic-scale objects. Previous course: Classical Mechanics.