Week 5 is the first episode of a three-weeks journey through quantum statistical mechanics. We will start by learning about density matrices and path integrals, fascinating tools to study quantum systems. In many cases, the Trotter approximation will be useful to consider non-trivial systems, and also to follow the time evolution of a system. All these topics, including the matrix-squaring technique, will be reviewed in detail in the homework session, where you will also study the anharmonic potential.
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Note that previous knowledge of quantum mechanics is not really necessary to go through the next three weeks. Follow us in our journey through algorithms and physics, and don't forget to ask on the forum if you have any doubt!