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Elementary Quantum Mechanics (Expanded Edition)

By (author) Peter Fong
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd, Singapore, Singapore
Published: 1st Jun 2005
Dimensions: w 175mm h 227mm d 20mm
Weight: 590g
ISBN-10: 9812563512
ISBN-13: 9789812563514
Barcode No: 9789812563514
Quantum mechanics is a difficult subject for students to learn after years of rigorous training in classical physics. In quantum mechanics they have to abandon what they have laboriously learned and adopt a new system of thinking.In the previous edition of this book, the author reformulated classical mechanics as a classical theory with an undetermined constant. As the constant approaches zero the theory reduces to Newton's exactly, but when set equal to the Planck constant the theory reduces to the Schroedinger representation of quantum mechanics. Thus the new theory, at least in its mathematical form, can be learned without ramifications and complexity. Over the years, the book has shepherded the growth of a generation of physicists.In this expanded edition, a similar trick is applied to introduce matrix mechanics. The matrix formulation presented allows quantum theory to be generalized to new physical systems such as electron spin, which cannot be done by the Schroedinger approach.The result is a textbook which promises to provide a future generation of students a clear, usable and authoritative resource to study the fundamentals of quantum mechanics. Twenty new problems are added to existing chapters.

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