Problems in Quantum Mechanics : With Solutions
Many students find quantum mechanics conceptually difficult when they first encounter the subject. In this book, the postulates and key applications of quantum mechanics are well illustrated by means of a carefully chosen set of problems, complete with detailed, step-by-step solutions. Beginning with a chapter on orders of magnitude, a variety of topics are then covered, including the mathematical foundations of quantum mechanics, Schrodinger's equation, angular momentum, the hydrogen atom, the harmonic oscillator, spin, time-independent and time-dependent perturbation theory, the variational method, multielectron atoms, transitions and scattering. Throughout, the physical interpretation or application of certain results is highlighted, thereby providing useful insights into a wide range of systems and phenomena. This approach will make the book invaluable to anyone taking an undergraduate course in quantum mechanics.
- Online resource
- 05 Jun 2012
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Acknowledgements; Preface for the reader; 1. Numerical values; 2. Fundamentals; 3. Schrodinger equation; 4. Orbital angular momentum, hydrogen atom, harmonic oscillator; 5. Matrices, spin, addition of angular momentum; 6. Approximation methods: time-independent perturbation theory, variational method; 7. Idential particles, multielectron atoms; 8. Time, time-dependent perturbation theory, transitions; 9. Scattering, reactions; 10. Miscellaneous; References; Index.