A new introductory quantum mechanics curriculum

Antje Kohnle, Inna Bozhinova, Dan Browne, Mark Everitt, Aleksejs Fomins, Pieter Kok, Gytis Kulaitis, Martynas Prokopas, Derek Raine, Elizabeth Swinbank

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Abstract

The Institute of Physics New Quantum Curriculum consists of freely available online learning and teaching materials (quantumphysics.iop.org) for a first course in university quantum mechanics starting from two-level systems. This approach immediately immerses students in inherently quantum-mechanical aspects by focusing on experiments that have no classical explanation. It allows from the start a discussion of the interpretive aspects of quantum mechanics and quantum information theory. This paper gives an overview of the resources available from the IOP website. The core text includes around 80 articles which are co-authored by leading experts, arranged in themes, and can be used flexibly to provide a range of alternative approaches. Many of the articles include interactive simulations with accompanying activities and problem sets that can be explored by students to enhance their understanding. Much of the linear algebra needed for this approach is included in the resource. Solutions to activities are available to instructors. The resources can be used in a variety of ways, from being supplemental to existing courses to forming a complete programme.
Original languageEnglish
Article number015001
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Physics
Volume35
Issue number1
Early online date7 Nov 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Quantum mechanics
  • Instructional computer use
  • Simulations

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