Quantum Mechanics Demystified, 2nd Edition

Quantum Mechanics Demystified, 2nd Edition

by David McMahon




If you think projection operators work in the cinema, or learning about spin-1/2 makes your head, well, spin, Quantum Mechanics DeMYSTiFieD will energize your knowledge of this topic's fundamental concepts and theories, and allow you to learn at your own pace.

This thoroughly revised and updated guide eases you into the subject, beginning with wave mechanics then introducing you to the mathematical foundations needed to do modern quantum physics. As you progress, you will learn the fundamentals of matrix mechanics, including how to compute the trace of a matrix, find eigenvalues,
and use ladder operators. You will understand the difference between time independent perturbation and time dependent perturbation theory and other oncecomplicated concepts. Detailed examples make it easy to understand the material, and end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam help reinforce key ideas.

It's a no-brainer! You'll learn about:

  • State Space
  • Basis Vectors
  • Functions of Operators
  • The Postulates of Quantum Mechanics
  • Angular Momentum
  • Spin and the Pauli Matrices
  • Scattering Theory

Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Quantum Mechanics DeMYSTiFieD, Second Edition is your shortcut to a working knowledge of this engaging science.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071765633
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 05/17/2013
Series: Demystified Series
Pages: 528
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

David McMahon works as a researcher in the National Laboratories on nuclear energy. He has advanced degrees in physics and applied mathematics, and has authored several DeMYSTiFieD titles, including Quantum Mechanics DeMYSTiFieD, Relativity DeMYSTiFieD, Linear Algebra DeMYSTiFieD, Quantum Field Theory DeMYSTiFieD , and String Theory DeMYSTiFieD.

Table of Contents

Ch 1 Historical Review
Ch 2 Basic Developments
Ch 3 The Time Independent Schrodinger Equation
Ch 4 An Intro to State Space
Ch 5 Math Structure of QM I
Ch 6 Math Structure of QM II
Ch 7 Math structure of QM III
Ch 8 The Foundations of QM
Ch 9 The Harmonic Oscillator
Ch 10 Angular Momentum
Ch 11 Spin ½ Systems
Ch 12 QM in three dimensions
Ch 13 Identical particles
Ch 14 Time independent Perturbation Theory
Ch 15 Time Dependent Perturbation Theory
Ch 16 Scattering Theory

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