Quantum Mechanics: Wavefunctions, operators, and expectation values Free Online Course

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering free online course on Quantum Mechanics: Wavefunctions, operators, and expectation values. In this quantum physics course you will learn the basics of quantum mechanics.

In this five-week course, applicants will learn about wavefunctions and their probabilistic interpretation, the Schrodinger equation, and the properties of quantum observables. This course will start on September 13, 2017.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 12+ hour’s pw
Subject: Physics
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on September 13, 2017

Providers’ Details

Massachusetts Institute of Technology — a coeducational, privately endowed research university founded in 1861 — is dedicated to advancing knowledge and educating students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

About This Course

  • This is the first course in a series which includes:
  • Quantum Mechanics: Wavefunctions, Operators, and Expectation Values
  • Quantum Mechanics: Quantum Physics in 1D Potentials
  • Quantum Mechanics: 1D Scattering and Central Potentials

Why Take This Course?

The series is based on MIT 8.04: Quantum Mechanics I. At MIT, 8.04 is the first of a three-course sequence in Quantum Mechanics, a cornerstone in the education of physics majors that prepares them for advanced and specialized studies in any field related to quantum physics.

Learning Outcomes

  • The wavefunction and its probability interpretation.
  • The Schrodinger equation.
  • Inner products and Hermitian operators.
  • Time-evolution of wave-packets.
  • Ehrenfest’s theorem and uncertainty relations.


Barton Zwiebach

Barton Zwiebach is a Professor of Physics at MIT. His specialty is String Theory and Theoretical Particle Physics.

Jolyon Bloomfield

Jolyon Bloomfield is a Lecturer in Physics at MIT. He specializes in general relativity and cosmology research. His main interests are in modified theories of gravity, particularly with an eye to explanations of dark energy.

Saif Rayyan

Saif Rayyan is a lecturer in the Physics Department at MIT. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics from Virginia Tech before switching his interests to teaching and to physics education research.


Mathematics: Calculus and differential equations. Physics: introductory physics at the college level: mechanics, electromagnetism and waves.

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