Preface

Quantum mechanics or the physics of the infinitely small (microcosm) is often contrasted with classical mechanics or the physics of macroscopic bodies (macrocosm). This book, whose title is “Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 2”, aims to equip the reader with basic tools that are essential for a good understanding of the physical properties of atoms, nuclei, molecules, lasers, solid bodies and electronic materials – in short all that is infinitely small. Introductory courses on quantum mechanics generally focus on the study of the interaction between matter and radiation, and the quantum states of matter. This book emphasizes the various experiments that have led to the discovery within the set of physical phenomena related to the properties of quantum systems. Consequently, this book is composed of seven chapters organized in two volumes. Each chapter starts with a presentation of the general objective, followed by a list of specific objectives, and finally by a list of prerequisites essential for a good understanding of the concepts introduced. Furthermore, the introduction of each law follows a simple application. Each studied chapter ends with a collection of various rich exercises and solutions that facilitate the assimilation of all the concepts presented. Moreover, a brief biography of each of the thinkers having contributed to the discovery of the studied physical laws or phenomena is given separately, as the chapter unfolds. The reader can this way acquire a ...

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