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What's the matter with waves? : an introduction to techniques and applications of quantum mechanics

Author: William A Parkinson, (Physical chemist); Morgan & Claypool Publishers,; Institute of Physics (Great Britain),
Publisher: San Rafael [California] (40 Oak Drive, San Rafael, CA, 94903, USA) : Morgan & Claypool Publishers, Bristol [England] (Temple Circus, Temple Way, Bristol BS1 6HG, UK) : IOP Publishing, [2017] [2017]
Series: IOP concise physics.; Series on wave phenomena in the physical sciences.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Like rocket science or brain surgery, quantum mechanics is pigeonholed as a daunting and inaccessible topic, which is best left to an elite or peculiar few. This classification was not earned without some degree of merit. Depending on perspective; quantum mechanics is a discipline or philosophy, a convention or conundrum, an answer or question. Authors have run the gamut from hand waving to heavy handed in the hope  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William A Parkinson, (Physical chemist); Morgan & Claypool Publishers,; Institute of Physics (Great Britain),
ISBN: 9781681745770 1681745771 9781681745794 1681745798
OCLC Number: 1019445706
Notes: "Version: 20171201"--Title page verso.
"A Morgan & Claypool publication as part of IOP Concise Physics"--Title page verso.
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (some color).
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Motion in matter --
3. Vibrating matter --
4. Rotating matter --
5. Translating matter 6. Quantum translation --
6.1. Stationary state wavefunctions --
6.2. Unconstrained one-dimensional translation --
6.3. One-dimensional translation in a box --
6.4. Multi-dimensional translation in a box 7. Interpreting quantum mechanics --
7.1. The probability density --
7.2. Eigenvectors and basis sets --
7.3. Projection operators --
7.4. Expectation values --
7.5. The uncertainty principle 8. Quantum rotation --
8.1. Circular motion : the particle on a ring --
8.2. Spherical motion : the particle on a sphere 9. Quantum vibration --
9.1. Harmonic oscillation --
9.2. Anharmonicity 10. Variational methods --
10.1. Prologue --
10.2. The variational principle --
10.3. Determining expansion coefficients 11. Electrons in atoms --
11.1. Rotational motion due to a central potential : the hydrogen atom --
11.2. Properties of the hydrogen atom solutions --
11.3. Electron spin --
11.4. Populating many-electron atoms --
11.5. Many-body wavefunctions --
11.6. Antisymmetry --
11.7. Angular momentum in many-electron atoms 12. Perturbation theory --
12.1. Rayleigh Schrödinger perturbation theory --
12.2. Applications of perturbation theory --
12.3. The resolvent operator --
12.4. Techniques for solving the sum over states equations 13. Electrons in molecules --
13.1. The simplest molecular model : a one-electron diatomic --
13.2. The hydrogen molecule --
13.3. Practical information regarding calculations --
13.4. Qualitative molecular orbital theory for homonuclear diatomics --
13.5. The Hückel method Appendices. --
A. Physical constants and units --
B. Calculus and trigonometry essentials.
Series Title: IOP concise physics.; Series on wave phenomena in the physical sciences.
Other Titles: Introduction to techniques and applications of quantum mechanics.
Responsibility: William Parkinson.

Abstract:

Like rocket science or brain surgery, quantum mechanics is pigeonholed as a daunting and inaccessible topic, which is best left to an elite or peculiar few. This classification was not earned without some degree of merit. Depending on perspective; quantum mechanics is a discipline or philosophy, a convention or conundrum, an answer or question. Authors have run the gamut from hand waving to heavy handed in the hope to dispel the common beliefs about quantum mechanics, but perhaps they continue to promulgate the stigma. The focus of this particular effort is to give the reader an introduction, if not at least an appreciation, of the role that linear algebra techniques play in the practical application of quantum mechanical methods. It interlaces aspects of the classical and quantum picture, including a number of both worked and parallel applications. Students with no prior experience in quantum mechanics, motivated graduate students, or researchers in other areas attempting to gain some introduction to quantum theory will find particular interest in this book.

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