## 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