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Quantum Mechanics Online Course by Georgetown University

Georgetown University is offering free online course on Quantum Mechanics for Everyone. This course require high school algebra and a desire to learn about bizarre but real phenomena.

In this 4 week course, applicants will learn the fundamental notions of quantum mechanics at a level that is accessible to everyone. The course will start from April 18, 2017.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 7-10 hours pw
Subject: Physics
Institution: Georgetown University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on April 18, 2017

Providers’ Details

Georgetown University, the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university, is one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions, offering a unique educational experience that prepares the next generation of global citizens to lead and make a difference in the world. Students receive a world-class learning experience focused on educating the whole person through exposure to different faiths, cultures, and beliefs.

About This Course

Quantum Mechanics for Everyone is a four-week long MOOC that teaches the basic ideas of quantum mechanics with a method that requires no complicated math beyond taking square roots (and you can use a calculator for that). Quantum theory is taught without “dumbing down” any of the material, giving you the same version experts use in current research.

Why Take This Course?

We will cover the quantum mystery of the two-slit experiment and advanced topics that include how to see something without shining light on it (quantum seeing in the dark) and bunching effects of photons (Hong-Ou-Mandel effect).

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand what a quantum particle is in the world of the ultrasmall
  • Learn the basics of probability theory
  • Discover what spin is and how it is manipulated by magnets
  • Explain what the quantum mystery is
  • Apply quantum ideas to understand partial reflection of light, interaction-free measurements, and particle indistinguishability


James Freericks

James Freericks, Professor of Physics, was trained as an undergraduate at Princeton University (A.B. 1985) and as a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley (MA 1987, Ph.D. 1991). He did postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1991–93) and at the University of California, Davis (1993–94). His work ranges from mathematical physics to developing computational methods for the many-body problem, to working on “ab initio” calculations in real materials and recently has branched off into cold atom physics and quantum simulation.


High school algebra and a desire to learn about bizarre but real phenomena

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
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  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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