A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics

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University Science Books, Jan 1, 2000 - Science - 476 pages
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Inspired by Richard Feynman and J.J. Sakurai, A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics allows lecturers to expose their undergraduates to the excitement and insight of Feynman's approach to quantum mechanics while simultaneously giving them a textbook that is well-ordered, logical, and pedagogically sound. This book covers all the topics that are typically presented in a standard upper-level course in quantum mechanics, but its teaching approach is new. Rather than organizing his book according to the historical development of the field and jumping into a mathematical discussion of wave mechanics, Townsend begins his book with the quantum mechanics of spin. Thus, the first five chapters of the book succeed in laying out the fundamentals of quantum mechanics with little or no wave mechanics, so the physics is not obscured by mathematics. Starting with spin systems gives students something new and interesting while providing elegant but straightforward examples of the essential structure of quantum mechanics. When wave mechanics is introduced later, students perceive it correctly as only one aspect of quantum mechanics and not the core of the subject.
  

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User Review  - Sean - Goodreads

One of the few texts I can honestly say I have spent serious time staring at, front to back. Good times. Read full review

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Makes a difficult subject very accessible. I still hold a grudge that he didn't give me an attribution somewhere for the section on quantum computing though. Giving me props in class does not do justice. :P Read full review

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Contents

Rotation of Basis States and Matrix Mechanics
24
Angular Momentum
64
A System of Two Spini Particles
120
Wave Mechanics in One Dimension
147
The OneDimensional Harmonic Oscillator
194
Path Integrals
216
Translational and Rotational Symmetry
237
Bound States of Central Potentials
274
TimeIndependent Perturbations
306
the Lamb Shift and Hyperline Splitting
331
Identical Particles
341
Photons and Atoms
399
A Electromagnetic Units
444
Dirac Delta Functions
453
E The Lagrangian for a Charge q in a Magnetic Field
460
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JOHN S. TOWNSEND, Harvey Mudd College.

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