Quantum Mechanics

Quantum Mechanics : Concepts and Applications

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This re-focused third edition of McGervey's Introduction to Modern Physics is one of the most comprehensive up-to-date textbooks and reference sources on quantum mechanics available. This revision fills the gap between the mainly descriptive treatments of quantum mechanics, usually found in traditional modern physics texts, and the non-intuitive approaches that treat the subject as a series of mathematical theorems. McGervey achieves this goal with a thoughtful analysis of a number of experiments, supplementing these with fully worked examples, and by investigating paradoxes rather than relying on the analysis of a series of dry mathematical theorems. Software, provided with the text, is available for IBM-PC compatible computers with VGA graphics. The software is the basis for the homework problems, many of which have not been used in any form in other books at this level. The text is exceptionally current, a fact reflected in the significant amount of material based on articles published in recent years in The American Journal of Physics, The Physical Review, and Science.
In all, McGervey provides a lively discussion that will motivate interest and understanding of the subject at the senior undergraduate level. Features: * Contains a treatment of the correspondence principle and its application to a variety of quantum systems * Addresses statistical aspects, such as quantum statistics, with numerical examples and statistical derivation of angular momentum eigenvalues * Provudes a careful treatment of the experimental foundations of quantum mechanics, such as the Davission-Germer experiment * Presents an intuitive development of matrix methods after considering superposition of eigenfunctions
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Product details

  • Hardback | 456 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 26mm | 721.22g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • Ill.
  • 0124835457
  • 9780124835450

Table of contents

The basic concept; waves and particles; the Schrodinger equation in one dimension; further analysis of one-dimensional bound systems; the free particle as a traveling wave; three dimensions and angular momentum; angular momentum and superposition of states; the radial Schrodinger equation; the hydrogen atom; spin; identical particles; approximate solutions; atomic spectroscopy; time-dependent perturbations and radiation; molecular structure and spectra; quantum statistics. Appendices: probability and statistics; the Boltzmann factor; relativistic dynamics; derivation of the eigenfunctions of the L2 operator; solution of the radial equation for the hydrogen atom.
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"Veteran instructor McGervey (Case Western Reserve Univ.) provides a thorough introduction to quantum mechanics...The treatment of the subject is...refreshing in the consistency with which McGervey emphasizes the experiments underlying the development of quantum theory and the degree to which he insists on treating advanced concepts in understandable prose to appeal to a students intuition....A useful resource for physical chemists and applied mathematicians."--CHOICE"The author has generally struck a good balance between conceptual development and mathematical rigor. [In summary, this book, ]because of its unique approach and the improvements over McGervey I, should find substantial use in a one-semester course on Quantum Mechanics at the junior/senior level."--Bruce D. McCombe/John T. Ho, AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICS
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