Dec 03, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

PHYS 453 - Foundations of Quantum Mechanics


(Same as MATH 453 .) Quantum mechanics is perhaps the most successful theory of physics, but the question of what it means has always been controversial. Students explore how we can approach interpretational questions by the usual methods of physics, i.e., proving mathematical results and doing experiments. Students develop critical thinking, problem solving, and written and oral communication skills. Topics include the postulates and basic phenomenology of quantum mechanics, the realism/antirealism debate in philosophy of physics, the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen argument, the measurement problem, the generalized formalism of quantum theory, ontological models, no-go theorems, the classical limit of quantum theory, and interpretations of quantum theory. Letter grade with Pass/No Pass option. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits