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A new introductory quantum mechanics curriculum

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posted 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
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.

Funding

This research was funded by the Institute of Physics.

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  • Science

Department

  • Physics

Published in

European Journal of Physics

Volume

35

Issue

1

Pages

015001 - 015001

Citation

KOHNLE, A. ... et al., 2014. A new introductory quantum mechanics curriculum. European Journal of Physics, 35: 015001.

Publisher

© IOP Publishing

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2014

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal European Journal of Physics and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1088/0143-0807/35/1/015001

ISSN

0143-0807

eISSN

1361-6404

Language

en

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