A new introductory quantum mechanics curriculum
journal contributionposted on 05.10.2018 by Antje Kohnle, Inna Bozhinova, Dan Browne, Mark Everitt, Aleksejs Fomins, Pieter Kok, Gytis Kulaitis, Martynas Prokopas, Derek Raine, Elizabeth Swinbank
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The Institute of Physics New Quantum Curriculum consists of freely available online learning and teaching materials (quantumphysics.iop.org) for a first course in university quantum mechanics starting from two-level systems. This approach immediately immerses students in inherently quantum-mechanical aspects by focusing on experiments that have no classical explanation. It allows from the start a discussion of the interpretive aspects of quantum mechanics and quantum information theory. This paper gives an overview of the resources available from the IOP website. The core text includes around 80 articles which are co-authored by leading experts, arranged in themes, and can be used flexibly to provide a range of alternative approaches. Many of the articles include interactive simulations with accompanying activities and problem sets that can be explored by students to enhance their understanding. Much of the linear algebra needed for this approach is included in the resource. Solutions to activities are available to instructors. The resources can be used in a variety of ways, from being supplemental to existing courses to forming a complete programme.
This research was funded by the Institute of Physics.