Author(s): Steven Holzner
Quantum Physics For Dummies, Revised Edition helps make quantum physics understandable and accessible. From what quantum physics can do for the world to understanding hydrogen atoms, readers will get complete coverage of the subject, along with numerous examples to help them tackle the tough equations. Compatible with classroom text books and courses, Quantum Physics For Dummies, Revised Edition lets students study at their own paces and helps them prepare for graduate or professional exams. Coverage includes: The Schrodinger Equation and its Applications The Foundations of Quantum Physics Vector Notation Spin Scattering Theory, Angular Momentum, and more From the Back Cover Your plain-English guide to understanding and working with the micro world Quantum physics -- also called quantum mechanics or quantum field theory -- can be daunting for even the most dedicated student or enthusiast of science, math, or physics. This friendly, concise guide makes this challenging subject understandable and accessible, from atoms to particles to gases and beyond. Plus, it's packed with fully explained examples to help you tackle the tricky equations like a pro!
Compatible with any classroom course -- study at your own pace and prepare for graduate or professional exams Your journey begins here -- understand what quantum physics is and what kinds of problems it can solve Know the basic math -- from state vectors to quantum matrix manipulations, get the foundation you need to proceed Put quantum physics to work -- make sense of Schrodinger's equation and handle particles bound in square wells and harmonic oscillators Solve problems in three dimensions -- use the full operators to handle wave functions and eigenvectors to find the natural wave functions of a system Discover the latest research -- learn the cutting-edge quantum physics theories that aim to explain the universe itself
Introduction 1 Part I: Small World, Huh? Essential Quantum Physics 7 Chapter 1: Discoveries and Essential Quantum Physics 9 Chapter 2: Entering the Matrix: Welcome to State Vectors 23 Part II: Bound and Undetermined: Handling Particles in Bound States 55 Chapter 3: Getting Stuck in Energy Wells 57 Chapter 4: Back and Forth with Harmonic Oscillators 91 Part III: Turning to Angular Momentum and Spin 125 Chapter 5: Working with Angular Momentum on the Quantum Level 127 Chapter 6: Getting Dizzy with Spin 157 Part IV: Multiple Dimensions: Going 3D with Quantum Physics 167 Chapter 7: Rectangular Coordinates: Solving Problems in Three Dimensions 169 Chapter 8: Solving Problems in Three Dimensions: Spherical Coordinates 189 Chapter 9: Understanding Hydrogen Atoms 205 Chapter 10: Handling Many Identical Particles 231 Part V: Group Dynamics: Introducing Multiple Particles 253 Chapter 11: Giving Systems a Push: Perturbation Theory 255 Chapter 12: Wham-Blam! Scattering Theory 275 Part VI: The Part of Tens 293 Chapter 13: Ten Quantum Physics Tutorials 295 Chapter 14: Ten Quantum Physics Triumphs 299 Glossary 303 Index 309