Quantum Mechanics An Accessible Introduction

ISBN-10: 0805387161

ISBN-13: 9780805387162

Edition: 2006

Authors: Robert Scherrer
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Description: KEY BENEFIT: Robert Scherrer's text provides a uniquely accessible and thorough introduction to quantum mechanics for readers. Scherrer carefully develops a solid foundation by recapping on the required math and other basic concepts before developing all the major more advanced topics. The Origins of Quantum Mechanics, The Problem with Blackbody Radiation, Math Interlude A: Complex Numbers and Linear Operators, The Schrodinger Equation, One-Dimensional Time-Independent, Math Interlude B: Linear Algebra, The Three-Dimensional Time-Independent, Math Interlude C: Matrices, Dirac Notation, and the Dirac Delta Function, Spin Angular Momentum, Time-Independent Perturbation Theory, The Variational Principle, Time-Dependent Perturbation Theory, Scattering Theory, The Multiparticle Schrodinger Equation, Some Modern Applications of Quantum Mechanics, What Comes Next? Relativistic Quantum Mechanics KEY MARKET: For all readers interested in quantum mechanics.

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Book details

List price: $146.20
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Publication date: 8/15/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 500
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 3.058
Language: English

The Origins of Quantum Mechanics
Introduction
Blackbody Radiation The Problem with Blackbody Radiation
The Nature of Light The Photoelectric Effect The Compton Effect Is it a Particle or a Wave?
TheWave Nature of Matter
The Bohr Atom
Where do we Stand?
Math Interlude A: Complex Numbers and Linear Operators
Complex Numbers
Operators Definition of an Operator Eigenfunctions and Eigenvalues
The Schrodinger Equation
Derivation of the Schrodinger Equation
The Meaning of theWave Function
The Time-Independent Schrodinger Equation Derivation of the Time-Independent Schrodinger Equation Qualitative Solutions and the Origin of Quantization
One-Dimensional Time-Independent Schrodinger Equation
Unbound States: Scattering and Tunneling Scattering From Step-Function Potentials
Bound Systems The Infinite SquareWell The Harmonic Oscillator Potential
Math Interlude B: Linear Algebra
Properties of Linear Operators
Vector Spaces Inner Products Adjoint and Hermitian Operators Basis Sets
The Three-Dimensional Time-Independent Schrodinger Equation
Solution in Rectangular Coordinates
Angular Momentum
The Schrodinger Equation in Spherical Coordinates
The Hydrogen Atom
Math Interlude C: Matrices, Dirac Notation, and the Dirac Delta Function
The Matrix Formulation of Linear Operators
Dirac Notation
The Dirac Delta Function
Spin Angular Momentum
Spin Operators
Evidence for Spin
Adding Angular Momentum
The Matrix Representation of Spin
The Stern-Gerlach Experiment
Spin Precession
Spin Systems with Two Particles Noninteracting Spins Interacting Spins
Measurement Theory Hidden Variables The Many
Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
Time-Independent Perturbation Theory
Derivation of Time-Independent Perturbation Theory
Perturbations to the Atomic Energy Levels Fine Structure The Lamb Shift
The Atom in External Electric or Magnetic Fields The Atom in an Electric Field: The Stark Effect The Atom in a Magnetic Field: The Zeeman Effect
The Variational Principle
Variational Principle: Theory
Variational Principle: Application to the Helium Atom
Time-Dependent Perturbation Theory
Derivation of Time-Dependent Perturbation Theory
Application: Selection Rules for Electromagnetic Radiation
Scattering Theory
Definition of the Cross Section
The Born Approximation
PartialWaves
The Multiparticle Schrodinger Equation
Wave Function for Identical Particles
Multielectron Atoms
Some Modern Applications of Quantum Mechanics
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Quantum Computing
What Comes Next? Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
The Klein-Gordon Equation Derivation of the Klein-Gordon Equation Probability Densities and Currents
The Dirac Equation
Answers and Hints for Selected
End-of-Chapter Exercises
Index
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