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Modern Physics: Quantum Mechanics

Small is different. The quantum world of atoms and subatomic particles is a bit like Alice's "Adventures in Wonderland." A single particle can behave as if it is in two places at once, and a pair of particles - at opposite ends of the universe - can behave in some ways as a single entity. While it might seem impossible to wrap our minds around such quantum weirdness, this sequence of lectures goes a long way towards demystifying the quantum world, giving us solid insights into the fascinating "gears and wheels" of how atoms work.


The quantum mechanics lectures have been divided into 17 modules, each with a title and a brief description of its content. It is recommended that these be viewed in the order listed, as each module builds on concepts introduced in previous modules.  | modules |

About the Lecturer

Richard Epp has a Masters degree in electrical engineering and a PhD degree in theoretical physics from the University of Manitoba, Canada, and has held postdoctoral research positions around the world working in general relativity (Einstein's theory of space, time, and gravity). With both an engineering and a theoretical physics background, Dr. Epp is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the entire spectrum of physics, from curiosity-driven research in quantum gravity to the applied physics of how a cell phone works. He has extensive outreach experience, having developed many of PI's Outreach initiatives - including the ISSYP - and immensely enjoys introducing people of all ages to the mysteries and wonders of our amazing universe.