PHYS 485 :: Physics Illinois :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

PHYS 485 :: Physics Illinois :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Welcome to Phys485: Atomic Physics and Quantum theory

Quantum Physics, founded at the beginning of the last century, revolutionized modern science. Beginning with studies of radiating bodies--stars, heated metals, and more--it has brought new ways of looking at the world; an understanding of atoms, elements, and the complex matter composing the world; insights into superconductivity, cosmic microwave background radiation, and more. From electronics, MRI, solar panels, and quantum computers of the future, it has changed the face of technology. This course will introduce you to the foundations of Quantum Theory and give you many glimpses of its wonders. 


The first class is on August 21st, 2023, meeting in Loomis 158. Please follow email updates for safety protocols or changes.

About the Course

Lectures in Loomis 158: 2.00-3.20pm CDT
Instructor: Prof. Smitha Vishveshwara

LINKS on this webpage take you to different aspects of the course (see column on the left):

Course description: Course content, team, navigating the virtual space, assignments and grading breakdown

Schedule: Weekly schedule--Topics, related reading, assignments, solutions

Required Materials and Assignments: Textbook and details of assignments and how to access them

The required textbook for this course is Quantum Physics, A Fundamental Approach to Modern Physics by Townsend

Additional Material: Posts reflecting the wonders of quantum physics


Office Hours: Details of weekly office hours--combination of Zoom and in-person


Gradebook: Regular grade updates based on submitted assignments


Academic Integrity

All activities in this course, including documentation submitted for petition for an excused absence, are subject to the Academic Integrity rules as described in Article 1, Part 4, Academic Integrity, of the Student Code.