Unit: Introduction

Classical Probabilities (50 minutes)

FIXME This topic was originally part of Spins Lab 1. There are two problems with that lab. First, that students don't understand the mean as a weighted average. Second, that the effect of binning data is not clear. We are currently working on activities that address these problems. In the meantime, we ignored them for 15 years and you can safely do so also.

Classical Spin (1 hr or a bit more)

The Stern-Gerlach Experiment (30 minutes)

Unit: Quantum States

Quantum State Vectors, Probability (45 minutes)


You may need to sprinkle these review topics several times each throughout the course!

Finding Expressions for Unknown Quantum States (2 hours 15 minutes)

Unit: Quantum Operators

Projection (60 minutes)

Measurement (2 hours 25 minutes)

Commutators & Uncertainty Relations (1 hour 10 minutes)

Density Operator (Optional - Advanced, 50 minutes)

Unit: Topics in Quantum Mechanics

Time Evolution (2 hours 30 minutes)

Rabi Oscillations & Magnetic Resonance (1 hour 40 minutes)

Unit: Quantum Spookiness

Optional topics - can be skipped (In 2008-2010 we had a gues lecturer speak on one of the following topics. Their lecture notes or powerpoint slides are included as a resource.)

Quantum Clocks

EPR Paradox

  • Here are slides addressing this topic (Lecture, 60 minutes): bells_inequality.pdf
  • Additional reading of interest: a paper giving an Sherlock Holmes-type analogy to Bell's theorem bells_theorem.pdf
  • Appropriate homework problems are at the end of Chapter 4

Schrodinger Cat Paradox

  • There are no current lecture notes for this topic, addressed in chapter 4 (Lecture, 60 minutes)
  • Appropriate homework problems are at the end of Chapter 4

Quantum Cryptography

Spins SWBQs

FIXME - In process of editing. See Master SWBQ List at “Pedagogy” → “Small Whiteboard Questions”

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