Book description
If you think projection operators work in the cinema, or learning about spin1/2 makes your head, well, spin, Quantum Mechanics DeMYSTiFieD will energize your knowledge of this topic's fundamental concepts and theories, and allow you to learn at your own pace.
This thoroughly revised and updated guide eases you into the subject, beginning with wave mechanics then introducing you to the mathematical foundations needed to do modern quantum physics. As you progress, you will learn the fundamentals of matrix mechanics, including how to compute the trace of a matrix, find eigenvalues, and use ladder operators. You will understand the difference between time independent perturbation and time dependent perturbation theory and other oncecomplicated concepts. Detailed examples make it easy to understand the material, and endofchapter quizzes and a final exam help reinforce key ideas.
It's a nobrainer! You'll learn about:
 State Space
 Basis Vectors
 Functions of Operators
 The Postulates of Quantum Mechanics
 Angular Momentum
 Spin and the Pauli Matrices
 Scattering Theory
Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Quantum Mechanics DeMYSTiFieD, Second Edition is your shortcut to a working knowledge of this engaging science.
Table of contents
 Cover
 Title Page
 Copyright Page
 About the Author
 Contents
 Introduction
 Chapter 1: Historical Review

Chapter 2: Basic Developments
 The Schrödinger Equation
 Solving the Schrödinger Equation
 The Probability Interpretation and Normalization
 Expansion of the Wavefunction and Finding Coefficients
 The Phase of a Wavefunction
 Operators in Quantum Mechanics
 Momentum and the uncertainty Principle
 The Conservation of Probability
 Summary
 Quiz
 Chapter 3: The TimeIndependent Schrödinger Equation
 Chapter 4: An Introduction to Hilbert Space
 Chapter 5: The Mathematical Structure of Quantum Mechanics I
 Chapter 6: The Mathematical Structure of Quantum Mechanics II
 Chapter 7: The Mathematical Structure of Quantum Mechanics III

Chapter 8: The Foundations of Quantum Mechanics
 The Postulates of Quantum Mechanics
 Spectral Decomposition
 Projective Measurements
 The Completeness Relation
 Completely Specifying a State with a CSCO
 The Heisenberg versus Schrödinger Pictures
 Describing Composite Systems in Quantum Mechanics
 The Matrix Representation of a Tensor Product
 The Tensor Product of State Vectors
 The Density Operator
 The Density Operator for a Completely Mixed State
 A Brief Introduction to the Bloch Vector
 Summary
 Quiz
 Chapter 9: The Harmonic Oscillator
 Chapter 10: Angular Momentum

Chapter 11: Spin1/2 Systems
 The SternGerlach Experiment
 The Basis States for Spin1/2 Systems
 Using the Ladder Operators to Construct Sx, Sy
 Unitary Transformations for Spin1/2 Systems
 The Outer Product Representation of the Spin Operators
 The Pauli Matrices
 The Time Evolution of Spin1/2 States
 The Density Operator for Spin1/2 Systems
 Summary
 Quiz
 Chapter 12: Quantum Mechanics in Three Dimensions
 Chapter 13: Identical Particles
 Chapter 14: TimeIndependent Perturbation Theory
 Chapter 15: Applications of Perturbation Theory to the Hydrogen Atom
 Chapter 16: TimeDependent Perturbation Theory
 Chapter 17: Scattering
 Final Exam
 Answers to Quiz and Exam Questions
 Index
Product information
 Title: Quantum Mechanics Demystified, 2nd Edition, 2nd Edition
 Author(s):
 Release date: May 2013
 Publisher(s): McGrawHill
 ISBN: 9780071765640
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