Quantum physics is often thought of as something that belongs to the realm of science fiction and yet, it has given us technology like lasers and semiconductors which power our modern day electronics.
We realise it can be a challenging subject and that’s why this page has been set up by the Quantum Buddies. We’re a group of academics, researchers and teachers who have come together to share our knowledge in understanding this branch of Physics better. We’ve found some of the resource links on this page helpful for ourselves and hope it will complement and support the learning and teaching of Quantum Physics at Scottish Highers and
Advanced Highers and English “A” Levels. We want to add more links to online learning resources on Quantum Physics so do get in touch with us if you have something to share!
Interested to find out how it all began for Quantum Physics?
We’ve created a special poster which gives a brief early history of Quantum Physics from when Newton and Descartes debated whether light was a particle or a wave in the 17th Century to Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle.
Try this simple experiment by the SSERC to demonstrate the determination of Plank’s Constant using a Tungsten Filament Lamp CLICK HERE
PhET at the University of Colarado has created a Blackbody Spectrum Simulation CLICK HERE
Here’s an interesting write up on Blackbody Radiation on about.com CLICK HERE
Are there any practical applications of the Uncertainty Principle? This link provides some answers CLICK HERE
Here a link that provides a good explanation as well as a graphical interpretation of the uncertainty principle. CLICK HERE
This article in The Guardian also explains what the Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle is CLICK HERE
Wave Particle Duality
The Institute of Physics (IOP) has a good introduction on Electrons behaving as waves CLICK HERE
The IOP also has instructions on how to demonstrate visible diffraction rings to show the wave behaviour of electrons. CLICK HERE
Check out this video on the electron diffraction tube that Quantum Buddy Helen Cammack made in partnership with SSERC and QuantIC CLICK HERE
Here’s an interesting TED-Ed talk on demystifying Quantum Physics CLICK HERE
Bohr’s Model of the Atom
This research paper offers a comparison of models of atomic structure and their problems (approached from a teaching perspective) CLICK HERE
We found this website with online videos on The Bohr Atom CLICK HERE
Here’s a short online quiz to try on Bohr’s Model of the Atom CLICK HERE
St Andrew’s University also has good simulation of the Bohr Model of the Atom CLICK HERE
This link provides instructions on how to make a handmade spectrometer CLICK HERE
The Institute of Physics provides a good overview of the Atomic Spectra with demonstrations and discussion questions CLICK HERE
Check out the link for a simulation of neon lights and other discharge lamps CLICK HERE
Here’s a link that explores the concept of Quantum Tunnelling and its importance to modern technology CLICK HERE
Check out this link from the Institute of Physics on Quantum Tunnelling Composites CLICK HERE
You can download a factsheet to run experiments on Quantum Tunnelling here.
Find out what Quantum Tunnelling can do with this link to a company, Peratech that manufactures Quantum Tunnelling Composite materials CLICK HERE
Quantum Tunnelling has led to the development of the Scanning Tunnelling Microscope. You can find out more information HERE
If you’re interested in new research on Quantum Tunnelling, check out the link to the Wahl Group at St Andrews University. CLICK HERE
This article in The Guardian also explains Quantum Tunnelling CLICK HERE
Interference and Diffraction
This PDF download has instructions on running electron-diffraction experiments. CLICK HERE
You can find a simulation of Young’s Interference experiment HERE
PNet from the University of Colorado also a simulation on wave interference. CLICK HERE
We found this Youtube clip offering an interesting explanation on the Double Slit experiment CLICK HERE
QuantIC’s Professor Miles Padgett’s webinar for Physics Teachers on on the Double Slit experiment and what it REALLY means in Quantum Physics is worth a look. CLICK HERE
Here’s a short film on Young’s Double Slit experiment explained by Quantum Buddy Reuben Aspden. CLICK HERE
We found this online clip helpful in explaining string resonance and deBroglie Waves CLICK HERE
The Institute of Physics has a good explanation on standing waves and also advice on demonstration CLICK HERE
Here a link that focusses on describing the reinterpretation of Bohr’s condition by DeBroglie CLICK HERE