### Course Overview

This page focuses on the course *8.06 Quantum Physics III* as it was taught by Professor Aram Harrow in Spring 2016.

This course is a continuation of *8.05 Quantum Physics II**.* Topics include units, time-independent approximation methods, the structure of one- and two-electron atoms, charged particles in a magnetic field and time-dependent perturbation theory. Students research and write a paper on a topic related to the content of 8.05 and 8.06.

### Course Outcomes

#### Course Goals for Students

- Interpret and analyze a wide range of quantum mechanical systems using both exact analytic techniques and various approximation methods.
- Gain an introduction to important model systems studied in contemporary physics, including white dwarf stars, two dimensional electron systems, the fine structure of Hydrogen, lasers, and particle scattering.

### Curriculum Information

#### Prerequisites

#### Requirements Satisfied

CI-M

#### Offered

Every spring semester

### Instructor Insights

*In the following pages, Aram Harrow describes various aspects of how he teaches 8.06 Quantum Physics III.*

- Goals of the Term Paper Assignment
- Providing Feedback on Student Writing
- Supporting Students During Problem Solving
- Selecting Lecture Material
- Teaching Recitations

### Student Information

#### Enrollment

41 students

#### Breakdown by Year

Mostly juniors

#### Breakdown by Major

Mostly physics and math majors

### Assessment

#### Grade Breakdown

The students’ grades were based on the following activities:

- 25% Problem Sets
- 15% Midterm
- 25% Term Paper
- 35% Final Exam

#### Instructor Insights on Assessment

Please see Prof. Aram Harrow’s instructor insights about providing students with feedback on their writing.

### How Student Time Was Spent

During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:

#### Lecture

Met 2 times per week for 1.5 hours per session; 27 sessions total.

#### Recitation

Met 2 times per week for 1 hour per session; 25 sessions total.

#### Out of Class

- Problem sets
- Term paper
- Exam preparation