Course | The Theoretical Minimum: Quantum Mechanics
Source of these courses is stanford
Videos: 10 Duration: 18 hours. This course is the fourth of a six-quarter sequence of classes that explores the essential theoretical foundations of modern physics. The topics covered in this course sequence include classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, the general and special theories of relativity, electromagnetism, cosmology, and black holes. While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well. Both individually and collectively, they let students attain the “theoretical minimum” for thinking intelligently about modern physics.
Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity
The Fall 2012 quarter of the Modern Physics series will concentrate on Einstein’s theory of gravity and geometry: the General Theory of Relativity. Beginning with the basic ideas of Riemannian and curved space, and Minkowski’s “space-time,” we will learn about Einstein’s discovery of how gravity is really the curvature of space-time. We will also cover the theory of black holes and their strangely paradoxical properties. The final weeks of the course will develop the essential ideas of Big Bang cosmology.
To appreciate the material covered in this course, students should understand basic calculus and algebra. Class will meet the week of Thanksgiving. This course may not be taken for a Letter Grade.
Leonard Susskind, Felix Bloch Professor of Physics, Stanford
Lenny Susskind pioneered the idea that elementary particles might be represented by a relativistic string, the so-called string theory. His research interests have stretched from quantum field theory to quantum cosmology. He is the author of The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design and The Black Hole War—My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics.