Quantum Theory I

3D graph projected onto 2D graph showing two peaks.

Ground state of a 2D quantum system with two classical minima. (Image adapted from course content.)


MIT Course Number


As Taught In

Fall 2002



Translated Versions


Cite This Course

Course Features

Course Description

8.321 is the first semester of a two-semester subject on quantum theory, stressing principles. Topics covered include: Hilbert spaces, observables, uncertainty relations, eigenvalue problems and methods for solution thereof, time-evolution in the Schrodinger, Heisenberg, and interaction pictures, connections between classical and quantum mechanics, path integrals, quantum mechanics in EM fields, angular momentum, time-independent perturbation theory, density operators, and quantum measurement.

Taylor, Washington. 8.321 Quantum Theory I, Fall 2002. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-321-quantum-theory-i-fall-2002 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

For more information about using these materials and the Creative Commons license, see our Terms of Use.