Essential Quantum Mechanics

Paperback | November 30, 2007

byGary Bowman

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Quantum mechanics - central not only to physics, but also to chemistry, materials science, and other fields - is notoriously abstract and difficult. Essential Quantum Mechanics is a uniquely concise and explanatory book that fills the gap between introductory and advanced courses, betweenpopularizations and technical treatises.By focusing on the fundamental structure, concepts, and methods of quantum mechanics, this introductory yet sophisticated work emphasizes both physical and mathematical understanding. A modern perspective is adopted throughout - the goal, in part, being to gain entry into the world of 'real'quantum mechanics, as used by practicing scientists.With over 60 original problems, Essential Quantum Mechanics is suitable as either a text or a reference. It will be invaluable to physics students as well as chemists, electrical engineers, philosophers, and others whose work is impacted by quantum mechanics, or who simply wish to better understandthis fascinating subject.

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Quantum mechanics - central not only to physics, but also to chemistry, materials science, and other fields - is notoriously abstract and difficult. Essential Quantum Mechanics is a uniquely concise and explanatory book that fills the gap between introductory and advanced courses, betweenpopularizations and technical treatises.By focus...

Dr Gary Bowman is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Northern Arizona University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:196 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.47 inPublished:November 30, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Three Worlds2. The Quantum Postulates3. What is a Quantum State?4. The Structure of Quantum States5. Operators6. Matrix Mechanics7. Commutators and Uncertainty Relations8. Angular Momentum9. The Time-independent Schrodinger Equation10. Why is the State Complex?11. Time Evolution12. WavefunctionsAppendices

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`Very well written, clear and to the point, and just at the right level to fill the regrettable gap between the maths-free popular books on quantum mechanics and the full courses in most textbooks.'Jeremy Butterfield, University of Cambridge