The course examines several topics of Quantum Mechanics, which together help us understand the motion of elementary particles.
The topics include the Wave-particle duality of matter, Quantum Interference, the role of probability, the Principle of least Action, the Uncertainty Principle, Wave-packets, and theConservation of Energy. Discussion in class of this remarkable but non-intuitive subject is encouraged.
Wave-Particle duality of matter is revealed by Quantum Mechanics and shows that all matter, most noticeably particles with tiny mass, exhibits the properties of both particles and waves. It addresses the inability of classical mechanics such as Newton’s Laws to fully describe the observed behavior of elementary particles.
In the final class we will reconcile the observable, nonintuitive behavior of a tiny elementary particle with the familiar, predictable behavior we experience of the more massive baseball.
While seeking to minimize the role of mathematics, some complex mathematical concepts will beinvolved; these will be reviewed and clarified by the instructor.
ROY FINNEY holds 1st Class Honors degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Imperial College, London. After graduating in 1966, he entered the nascent mini-computer industry centered inBoston, moving to the computer software industry in the mid-eighties. He retired as President of a corporation providing proprietary application software to commercial and financial organizations.