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MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.

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2 years ago
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What a great resource! Prof. Miller's explanation of the density matrix and derivation of the Bloch equations was extremely useful in the graduate level quantum mechanics course I am currently taking. After taking Prof. Miller's QMSE 1&2, I find the graduate level course quite manageable. Thank you Professor for giving me such a firm foundation for more advanced studies.

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3 months ago

is taking this course right now, spending **7 hours** a week on it and found the course difficulty to be **hard**.

Professor Miller is awesome. He has an obvious passion for the subject.

The course is taught in more-or-less the standard fashion, starting with Planck and Einstein, the wave equation, etc. Professor Scott Aaronson comments about this approach: "Today, in the quantum information age, the fact that all the physicists had to learn quantum this way seems increasingly humorous." He thinks it's better to teach it as a generalization of probability theory first, and I have some sympathy with this viewpoint.

Nonetheless, this course gives a solid grounding in the physics, which I imagine would be useful for anyone going on to learn more physics. I found some aspects quite difficult to grasp (e.g., visualizing spherical harmonics, or deriving the L^2 operator eigenfunctions), but by that point in the course the fundamentals had come through, and I'm quite grateful for that.

The course is taught in more-or-less the standard fashion, starting with Planck and Einstein, the wave equation, etc. Professor Scott Aaronson comments about this approach: "Today, in the quantum information age, the fact that all the physicists had to learn quantum this way seems increasingly humorous." He thinks it's better to teach it as a generalization of probability theory first, and I have some sympathy with this viewpoint.

Nonetheless, this course gives a solid grounding in the physics, which I imagine would be useful for anyone going on to learn more physics. I found some aspects quite difficult to grasp (e.g., visualizing spherical harmonics, or deriving the L^2 operator eigenfunctions), but by that point in the course the fundamentals had come through, and I'm quite grateful for that.

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