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Adaptable Curricular Exercises for Quantum Mechanics

developed by Steven Pollock, Gina Passante, and Homeyra Sadaghiani

This page contains a broad selection of curricular materials for instructors of a middle/upper-division first quantum mechanics course. These materials are largely designed for a “Spins First” Quantum 1 curriculum (If you teach a "Wave functions first" course, you may still find useful materials but the organization will not match your course very well!)

Some background - who are we, who is this page for?

Materials by Topic

Here you will find all our materials organized by topic. We follow a spins-first curriculum labeled with chapters of McIntyre's Quantum Mechanics textbook (but the materials can easily be adapted for any spins-first curriculum, and with a little more significant reorganization, to a "wave functions first" curriculum).

Within each content area you will find separate folders with: 
Clicker questions, Sample Exam questions, Sample Homework Questions, our Lecture Notes (and lecture powerpoints), Pre-lecture warmup questions, and Tutorials/activities with instructor guides and pretests. 

  • Download the Read Me First: 00-README_FIRST.pdf (Verification requiredVerification Required)
  • Download the set of ALL our materials organized by topics: (Verification requiredVerification Required)
    This is a large, COMPLETE DOWNLOAD. (>500 MB, be patient) Nothing else should be required except end of term assessments.

Topics in the above download include :
0) Background/Modern Physics
1) Stern-Gerlach experiments
2) Operators and Measurements
3) Schrodinger Time Evolution
4) Quantum entanglement (and Quantum computation, also in Ch 16) 
5) Spatial wave functions and particle in a box
6) Unbound states
7) Angular momentum
8) Hydrogen atom
16) Quantum Computation

Selected Materials by Pedagogy

Here you can download smaller sub-collections of selected materials (for the entire semester). 

End of term assessments

The QMCA (Quantum Mechanics Conceptual Assessment) is our research-based end of term instrument designed to get a broad sense of student learning of many of the key concepts associated with our learning goals.

  • Download the End of Term Assessment - Zip: (Verification requiredVerification Required)
    (Contact if you want to use an online version. Depending on timing constraints, we may be able to score it for you)

We ask that, like any research-based assessment, you avoid using this as a graded assignment. Please do not use the individual QMCA questions on exams or other assignments, and avoid posting solutions (or allowing students to take hard copies of the assessment with them.)  

Course Learning Goals

We held a small conference in Fall 2017 with faculty from around the country to discuss some of our learning goals in middle-level Quantum. The document below contains a brief summary of those goals, with links to more resources. 

This page was built by Steven Pollock (, Gina Passante (, and Homeyra Sadaghiani (
Contact us with questions or feedback. 

We are funded in part by NSF DUE-1626280, 1626594, and 1626483: Research as a base to develop adaptable curricula bridging instructional paradigms in Quantum Mechanics

PLEASE USE AND ADAPT whatever is helpful to you, however it will most benefit your students. Please credit our work if you share your materials beyond your own classes. Please make an effort to keep assessment materials off the open web - alter questions for your students.