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 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.
Every spring semester
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
Breakdown by Year
Breakdown by Major
Mostly physics and math majors
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:
Met 2 times per week for 1.5 hours per session; 27 sessions total.
Met 2 times per week for 1 hour per session; 25 sessions total.
Out of Class
- Problem sets
- Term paper
- Exam preparation