Elements of Quantum Mechanics

Elements of Quantum Mechanics

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This is a textbook in Quantum Mechanics designed for courses taught in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Science. The course is commonly taken by advanced undergraduate and first year graduate students. The book is intended to be taught in one semester or in one quarter or extended lectures, and is designed to treat the major topics in some depth. The text is challenging and includes exercises aimed to encourage thought and provide a solid grounding in the fundamentals of many aspects of quantum mechanics. It's emphasis is on a general approach that does not focus mainly on the Schrodinger representation of quantum theory, as well as a more extensive consideration of time dependent problems that is usually provided in a first graduate course. Throughout the book, a sufficient amount of mathematical detail and classical mechanics background is provided to enable readers to follow the quantum mechanical developments and analysis of physical phenomena. The book will provide a solid grounding in the fundamentals of quantum mechanics, and it explicates a variety of physical problems that are key components to understanding broad areas of physical science. This book will bring readers to the point where they can focus their future efforts on more specialized topics in quantum theory.show more

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  • Hardback | 356 pages
  • 192 x 238 x 20mm | 780.19g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous line figures
  • 0195141954
  • 9780195141955

About Michael D. Fayer

Michael D. Fayer, the D. M. Ehrsam and E. C. Franklin Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and has received the American Chemical Society E. Bright Wilson Award for Spectroscopy, the American Physical Society Earl K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy, and the Optical Society of America Ellis R. Lippincott Award. He has taught graduate quantum mechanics at Stanford for over thirty years. A complete set of Power Point lectures for teaching using his book is available on his web site (http: //www.stanford.edu/group/fayer/), and he will provide the complete Problem and Solution Manual in Word format to instructors upon request.show more

Table of contents

1. Absolute Size and the Superposition Principle ; 2. Kets, Bras, Operators, and the Eignevalue Problem ; 3. Momentum of a Free Particle and Wave Packets ; 4. Commutators, Dirac's Quantum Condition, and the Uncertainty Principle ; 5. The Schrodinger Equation, Time Dependent and Time Independent ; 6. The Harmonic Oscillator in the Schrodinger and Dirac Representations ; 7. The Hydrogen Atom ; 8. Time Dependent Two State Problem ; 9. Perturbation Theory ; 10. The Helium Atom: Perturbation Treatment and the Variation Principle ; 11. Time Dependent Perturbation Theory ; 12. Absorption and Emission of Radiation ; 13. The Matrix Representation ; 14. The Density Matrix and Coherent Coupling of Molecules to Light ; 15. Angular Momentum ; 16. Electron Spin ; 17. The Covalent Bond ; Problems ; Physical Constraints and Conversion Factors for Energy Units ; Indexshow more

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"Elements of quantum mechanics provides a firm grounding for graduate students and researchers in physical chemistry, chemical physics and theoretical chemistry who are concerned with time-dependent phenomena. This book is also relevant for scientists in other disciplines such as physics, materials science, biophysics and engineering. Its clear style also makes the text accessible to undergraduates who want to learn about the more challenging and modeern aspects of quantum mechanics." The Times Higher Education Supplement, November 2002.show more

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