A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics

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University Science Books, 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 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 it gives students straightfoward examples of the structure of quantum mechanics. When wave mechanics is introduced later, students should perceive it correctly as only one aspect of quantum mechanics and not the core of the subject.

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Rotation of Basis States and Matrix Mechanics
Angular Momentum
A System of Two Spini Particles
Wave Mechanics in One Dimension
The OneDimensional Harmonic Oscillator
Path Integrals
Translational and Rotational Symmetry
Bound States of Central Potentials
TimeIndependent Perturbations
the Lamb Shift and Hyperline Splitting
Identical Particles
Photons and Atoms
A Electromagnetic Units
Dirac Delta Functions
E The Lagrangian for a Charge q in a Magnetic Field

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John S. Townsend is the Susan and Bruce Worster Professor of Physics at Harvey Mudd College, the science and engineering college of the Claremont Colleges. He received his B.S. from Duke University, his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, and was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. He has been a visiting professor at Caltech, the University of Southampton in England, Duke University and Swarthmore College, and he was a Science Fellow at the Center for International Security and Arms Control at Stanford University. He loves teaching. Townsend is also the author of Quantum Physics: A Fundamental Approach to Modern Physics.

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