DescriptionIntroduction to Quantum Mechanics is an introduction to the power and elegance of quantum mechanics. Assuming little in the way of prior knowledge, quantum concepts are carefully and precisely presented, and explored through numerous applications and problems. Some of the more challenging aspects that are essential for a modern appreciation of the subject have been included, but are introduced and developed in the simplest way possible.
Undergraduates taking a first course on quantum mechanics will find this text an invaluable introduction to the field and help prepare them for more advanced courses.
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics:
* Starts from basics, reviewing relevant concepts of classical physics where needed.
* Motivates by considering weird behaviour of quantum particles.
* Presents mathematical arguments in their simplest form.
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Editor's preface to the Manchester Physics Series.
1 Planck's Constant in Action.
De Broglie Waves.
2 The Schrödinger Equation.
Particle Wave Equations.
3 Position and Momentum.
A Particle in a Box I.
4 Energy and Time.
The Hamiltonian Operator.
Normal Modes of a String.
States of Certain Energy.
A Particle in a Box II.
States of Uncertain Energy.
5 Square Wells and Barriers.
Bound and Unbound States.
6 The Harmonic Oscillator.
The Classical Oscillator.
The Quantum Oscillator.
The Oscillator Eigenvalue Problem.
7 Observables and Operators.
Position and Momentum.
Constants in Motion.
8 Angular Momentum.
Angular Momentum Basics.
Orbital Angular Momentum.
9 The Hydrogen Atom.
Quantum Mechanics of the Hydrogen Atom.
Sizes and Shapes.
The Reduced Mass Effect.
The Coulomb Eigenvalue Problem.
10 Identical Problems.
Exchange Symmetry with Spin.
Bosons and Fermions.
Atomic Quantum States.
The Periodic Table.
Hints to selected problems.
- Carefully presents mathematical arguments in their simplest form
- Assumes little in the way of prior knowledge
- Plenty of worked examples and end of chapter problems
- New title in the highly respected Manchester Physics Series