Quantum Mechanics
An Introduction

Paperback: 978 1 942270 79 9 / $49.95
 
Published: May 2016  

E-Book: 978 1 944534 45 5 / $19.95
 
Published: May 2016  

Publisher: Mercury Learning & Information
406 pp., 6" x 9"
Series: Essentials of Physics Series
This book is an introduction to quantum mechanics for undergraduates and interested lay persons. The presentation is both reader-friendly and complete. The first four chapters cover the conceptual and philosophical aspects of quantum mechanics, before the next eleven chapters gently present the mathematics underlying the subject. After a chapter on the history of the theory, the whole of quantum mechanics is then presented. This is followed by applications of the theory and a revision chapter, before we briefly look ahead at relativistic quantum theory.


Table of Contents:
1. The Place of Quantum Mechanics in Modern Physics
2. The Dynamic Variables in Quantum Mechanics
3. Wave Particle Duality, Superposition, and Non-Locality
4. Complex Numbers, Wave Equations, and the Momentum Operator
5. An End to Determinism
6. The Newtonian Wave Equation
7. Linear Spaces and Inner Products
8. Operators, Eigenfunctions, and Eigenvalues
9. The Place of Operators in Quantum Mechanics
10. Commutation Relations in Quantum Mechanics
11. Angular Momentum and the Position Operators
12. A Note on Entanglement
13. Expectation Value and Standard Deviation Worked Example
14. Probability
15. The History of Quantum Mechanics
16. Quantum Mechanics – An Overview
17. Basic Formulae
18. De Broglie Waves Lead to the Momentum Operator
19. The Hamiltonian and Schrödinger’s Equations
20. Boundary Conditions on Eigenfunctions
21. Wave Mechanics - the Schrödinger Equation
22. Solving the TISE in Several Potentials
23. The Free Particle Solution of the TISE
24. The Infinite Square Well Solution of the TDS
25. The Step Potential
26. The 3-Dimensional Box and Degeneracy
27. Parity
28. The Simple Harmonic Oscillator
29. Angular Momentum
30. The Stern-Gerlach Experiment
31. Intrinsic Spin
32. A Revision of the Structure of Quantum Mechanics
33. A Strange Aspect of Intrinsic Spin
34. Identical Particles
35. The Hydrogen Atom
36. Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
Concluding Remarks
Appendix
The Postulates of Quantum Mechanics
Bibliography
Index


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