Introduction to the Quantum Theory

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More than a chance to gain new insights into physics, this book offers students the opportunity to look at what they already know about the subject in an improved way. Geared toward upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, this self-contained first course in quantum mechanics consists of two parts: the first covers basic theory, and the second part presents selected applications. Numerous problems of varying difficulty examine not only the steps of the proofs but also ...
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Overview


More than a chance to gain new insights into physics, this book offers students the opportunity to look at what they already know about the subject in an improved way. Geared toward upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, this self-contained first course in quantum mechanics consists of two parts: the first covers basic theory, and the second part presents selected applications. Numerous problems of varying difficulty examine not only the steps of the proofs but also related ideas.
Starting with an introduction that ventures beyond classical physics, the first part examines the physical content of the wave function; general principles; physics in one dimension; hermitian operators, symmetry, and angular momentum; and systems in two and three dimensions. Additional topics include approximate methods of calculation; the theory of scattering; spin and isospin; questions of physical meaning; electromagnetic radiation; systems containing identical particles; and classical dynamics and Feynman's construction.
Focusing on applications, the second part explores the theory of alpha decay; electrons in a periodic lattice; the hydrogen spectrum; the helium atom; interatomic forces; the neutron-proton interaction; and the quark model of baryons.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486441375
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 9/13/2005
  • Series: Dover Books on Physics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 991,400
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Prefaces
To the Student
Part I. Theory
1. Beyond Classical Physics
2. The Physical Content of the Wave Function
3. General Principles
4. Physics in One Dimension
5. Hermitian Operators, Symmetry, and Angular Momentum
6. Systems in Two and Three Dimensions
7. Approximate Methods of Calculation
8. The Theory of Scattering
9. Spin and Isospin
10. Questions of Physical Meaning
11. Electromagnetic Radiation
12. Systems Containing Identical Particles
13. Classical Dynamics and Feynman’s Construction
II. Applications
14. The Theory of Alpha Decay
15. Electrons in a Periodic Lattice
16. The Hydrogen Spectrum
17. The Helium Atom
18. Interactive Forces
19. The Neutron-Proton Interaction
20. The Quark Model of Baryons
Ten Good Books on Quantum Mechanics
Appendixes
1. Mathematical Aids
2. Fourier Integrals and Completeness Relations
3. Spherical Harmonics and Angular Functions
4. Outline of Electromagnetic Theory
5. Numerical Integration
6. Notation
7. Values of Physical Constants
Index
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