A course that uses spin as a fundamental system to study quantum measurements and time propagation. A Java simulation of Stern-Gerlach systems allows students to create virtual experiments to explore the foundations of quantum mechanics.
The following is from the Preface of the Author's Course Notes: This text was developed as part of a course on Spin and Quantum Measurement at Oregon State University. The course is part of the Paradigms in Physics project, which entailed a reform of the junior level physics curriculum. The Spin and Quantum Measurement course is an introduction to quantum mechanics through the analysis of sequential Stern-Gerlach spin measurements. The approach and material are based upon previous presentations of spin systems by Feynman, Sakurai, Cohen-Tannoudji, and Townsend. The postulates of quantum mechanics are illustrated through their manifestation in the simple spin 1/2 Stern-Gerlach experiments.
%0 Electronic Source %A McIntyre, David %T PH425: Spin and Quantum Measurement %V 2014 %N 22 July 2014 %9 application/pdf %U http://www.physics.orst.edu/%7Emcintyre/ph425/
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