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Quantum Chemistry Online Course by Harvard University

Harvard University is offering free online course on Quantum World. The Quantum World is ideal for graduate students refreshing on quantum mechanics before their qualifying exams.

The overall objective of this course is to learn the core of quantum mechanics, and program simulations in Python to apply quantum theory to chemistry. The course will start on June 1, 2017.

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Course At A Glance

Length: 26 weeks
Effort:  3-5 hours pw
Subject: Chemistry
Institution: Harvard University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $199
Session: Course Starts on June 1, 2017

Providers‡ Details

Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. Harvard faculty are engaged with teaching and research to push the boundaries of human knowledge. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

About This Course

This course is an introduction to quantum chemistry: the application of quantum theory to atoms, molecules, and materials. You‡ll learn about wavefunctions, probability, special notations, and approximations that make quantum mechanics easier to apply. You‡ll also learn how to use Python to program quantum-mechanical models of atoms and molecules.

HarvardX has partnered with DataCamp to create assignments in Python that allow students to program directly in a browser-based interface. You will not need to download any special software, but an up-to-date browser is recommended.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  • The principles of quantum mechanics
  • How quantum mechanics applies to chemistry
  • How to simulate quantum mechanics in Python

Instructors

Dr. Alán Aspuru-Guzik

Professor of Chemistry, Harvard University

Dr. Colin Fredericks

Senior Project Lead, HarvardX

Requirements

College chemistry and calculus are required. Some programming experience is recommended.

How To Join This Course

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