Spring 2022 - PHYS 285 D100

Quantum I (3)

Class Number: 1079

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    BLU 10011, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 25, 2022
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Either MATH 232 or MATH 240, with a minimum grade of C-.



The concepts of quantum mechanics introduced through two-level systems and explored in a way that requires only familiarity with general concepts of linear algebra. Introduction to concepts in classical and quantum information theory, bits and qubits, quantum dynamics, quantum communication and cryptography, and quantum circuits. Quantitative.


Course Topics:

  1. Experiments demonstrating non-classical features of quantum physics
  2. Photons, interference, superposition
  3. State vectors and transformations
  4. Spin, observables, measurements and probabilities
  5. Time evolution, Hamiltonian, Schrödinger equation
  6. Operators, eigenvalue problem; commutators
  7. Postulates of QM
  8. Composite systems, entanglement; quantum teleportation 
  9. Qubits and quantum computation; quantum circuits
  10. Pure and mixed states, density matrix; interaction with environment, decoherence
  11. "Interpretations", nonlocality



  • Assignments 20%
  • Participation (details TBD) 10%
  • Midterms (2) 30%
  • Final Exam 40%


Grading scheme is tentative and subject to change.



Required Text:
A first introduction to quantum physics, Pieter Kok
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783319922072

(also available as e-text through the SFU library)


Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students who cannot write their exam during the course's scheduled exam time must request accommodation from their instructor in writing, clearly stating the reason for this request, within one week of the final exam schedule being posted.

Registrar Notes:


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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.