Problems in Quantum Mechanics

Problems in Quantum Mechanics : With Solutions

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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.
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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.
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