Quantum Principles and Particles - Textbook Series in Physical Sciences (Paperback)
  • Quantum Principles and Particles - Textbook Series in Physical Sciences (Paperback)

Quantum Principles and Particles - Textbook Series in Physical Sciences (Paperback)

Paperback 546 Pages / Published: 06/04/2012
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A Novel Pedagogical Approach to Quantum Mechanics

"A physical understanding is a completely unmathematical, imprecise, and inexact thing, but absolutely necessary for a physicist."
-R. Feynman

The core of modern physics, quantum theory is counter-intuitive and challenging for those new to the field. Quantum Principles and Particles presents the fundamental quantum principles in a particularly visual manner and applies them to aspects of particle interactions. Inspired by the author's work with Nobel laureate Julian Schwinger, it introduces the primary principles of the microscopic world through an analysis of the simplest possible quantum mechanical system-spin 1/2.

A Visual Approach to Quantum Mechanics

This two-semester introductory undergraduate textbook balances simplification and rigor to provide an accessible, solid foundation in quantum mechanics. Taking a unique pedagogical approach, the author uses hypothetical quantum devices-process diagrams-to orient and guide the reader. These process diagrams help readers visualize states and operators, and illustrate ways to compute amplitudes for quantum mechanical processes.

From Small Steps in Quantum Mechanics to a Leap into Particle Physics

The first part of the book presents the essential principles in the development of quantum mechanics, starting with spin state analysis and wave mechanics. Delving into quantum particles, the second part develops a consistent picture of particle descriptions and interactions in atomic, nuclear, and particle contexts. The text emphasizes applications and makes the connection to the Standard Model of particle physics. In each chapter, carefully designed problem sets reinforce key principles and stimulate original thought. Extensively illustrated, this classroom-tested text provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to quantum mechanics.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781439835258
Number of pages: 546
Weight: 953 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 30 mm


"The fresh student will find a practical guide through quantum mechanics and plenty of problems at the end of each chapter to deepen his or her knowledge with pencil and paper. ...For the reader already familiar with quantum mechanics, the textbook offers a fresh collection of model calculations and problems that can be very well used for both personal fun or teaching purposes."
-Adriana Palffy, Contemporary Physics, 2013

"This text contains many innovative features, tricks, and other material not usually found in an undergraduate introduction to quantum mechanics. From beginning the text with simple two state systems to ending it with an introduction to the standard model of particle physics, clearly Wilcox has rethought considerably how an introduction to the field can best be conveyed to undergraduates, and his book is a very welcome addition."
-Professor Donald N. Petcher, Covenant College

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