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Table Of Contents

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: Getting Started with Quantum Physics
Part II: Round and Round with Angular Momentum and Spin
Part III: Quantum Physics in Three Dimensions
Part IV: Acting on Impulse — Impacts in Quantum Physics
Part V: The Part of Tens
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Getting Started with Quantum Physics 5
The Basics of Quantum Physics: Introducing State Vectors
Describing the States of a System
Becoming a Notation Meister with Bras and Kets
Getting into the Big Leagues with Operators
Grasping Hermitian operators and adjoints
Getting Physical Measurements with Expectation Values
Commutators: Checking How Different Operators Really Are
Simplifying Matters by Finding Eigenvectors and Eigenvalues
Answers to Problems on State Vectors
No Handcuffs Involved: Bound States in Energy Wells
Starting with the Wave Function
Determining Allowed Energy Levels
Putting the Finishing Touches on the Wave Function by Normalizing It
Translating to a Symmetric Square Well
Banging into the Wall: Step Barriers When the Particle Has Plenty of Energy
Answers to Problems on Bound States
Over and Over with Harmonic Oscillators
Total Energy: Getting On with a Hamiltonian
Up and Down: Using Some Crafty Operators
Finding the Energy after Using the Raising and Lowering Operators
Using the Raising and Lowering Operators Directly on the Eigenvectors
Finding the Harmonic Oscillator Ground State Wave Function
Finding the Excited States’ Wave Functions
Looking at Harmonic Oscillators in Matrix Terms
Answers to Problems on Harmonic Oscillators
Rotating Around: Getting All Angular
Untangling Things with Commutators
Nailing Down the Angular Momentum Eigenvectors
Obtaining the Angular Momentum Eigenvalues
Scoping Out the Raising and Lowering Operators’ Eigenvalues
Treating Angular Momentum with Matrices
Answers to Problems on Angular Momentum
Spin Makes the Particle Go Round
Introducing Spin Eigenstates
Saying Hello to the Spin Operators: Cousins of Angular Momentum
Living in the Matrix: Working with Spin in Terms of Matrices
Answers to Problems on Spin Momentum
Solving Problems in Three Dimensions: Cartesian Coordinates
Taking the Schrödinger Equation to Three Dimensions
Flying Free with Free Particles in 3-D
Getting Physical by Creating Free Wave Packets
Getting Stuck in a Box Well Potential
Box potentials: Finding those energy levels
Back to normal: Normalizing the wave function
Getting in Harmony with 3-D Harmonic Oscillators
Answers to Problems on 3-D Rectangular Coordinates
Going Circular in Three Dimensions: Spherical Coordinates
Taking It to Three Dimensions with Spherical Coordinates
Dealing Freely with Free Particles in Spherical Coordinates
Getting the Goods on Spherical Potential Wells
Bouncing Around with Isotropic Harmonic Oscillators
Answers to Problems on 3-D Spherical Coordinates
Getting to Know Hydrogen Atoms
Eyeing How the Schrödinger Equation Appears for Hydrogen
Doing the Splits: Solving the Dual Schrödinger Equation
Solving the Radial Schrödinger Equation for ψ(r)
Juicing Up the Hydrogen Energy Levels
Doubling Up on Energy Level Degeneracy
Answers to Problems on Hydrogen Atoms
Corralling Many Particles Together
The 4-1-1 on Many-Particle Systems
Zap! Working with Multiple-Electron Systems
The Old Shell Game: Exchanging Particles
Examining Symmetric and Antisymmetric Wave Functions
Jumping into Systems of Many Distinguishable Particles
Trapped in Square Wells: Many Distinguishable Particles
Answers to Problems on Multiple-Particle Systems
Pushing with Perturbation Theory
Examining Perturbation Theory with Energy Levels and Wave Functions
Applying Perturbation Theory to the Real World
Answers to Problems on Perturbation Theory
One Hits the Other: Scattering Theory
Cross Sections: Experimenting with Scattering
A Frame of Mind: Going from the Lab Frame to the Center-of-Mass Frame
Getting the Goods on Elastic Scattering
The Born Approximation: Getting the Scattering Amplitude of Particles
Putting the Born Approximation to the Test
Answers to Problems on Scattering Theory
The Part of Tens
The Part of Tens 267
Normalize Your Wave Functions
Use Eigenvalues
Ten Tips to Make Solving Quantum Physics Problems Easier 269
Normalize Your Wave Functions 269
Use Eigenvalues 269
Meet the Boundary Conditions for Wave Functions
Meet the Boundary Conditions for Energy Levels
Use Lowering Operators to Find the Ground State
Use Raising Operators to Find the Excited States
Use Tables of Functions
Decouple the Schrödinger Equation
Use Two Schrödinger Equations for Hydrogen
Take the Math One Step at a Time
Finding Free Particles
Enclosing Particles in a Box
Finding Free Particles 275
Enclosing Particles in a Box 275
Grasping the Uncertainty Principle
Eyeing the Dual Nature of Light and Matter
Solving for Quantum Harmonic Oscillators
Uncovering the Bohr Model of the Atom
Tunneling in Quantum Physics
Understanding Scattering Theory
Deciphering the Photoelectric Effect
Unraveling the Spin of Electrons
Translate between Kets and Wave Functions
Take the Complex Conjugate of Operators
Ten Ways to Avoid Common Errors When Solving Problems 279
Translate between Kets and Wave Functions 279
Take the Complex Conjugate of Operators 279
Take the Complex Conjugate of Wave Functions
Include the Minus Sign in the Schrödinger Equation
Include sin θ in the Laplacian in Spherical Coordinates
Remember that λ << 1 in Perturbation Hamiltonians
Don’t Double Up on Integrals
Remember What a Commutator Is
Take the Expectation Value When You Want Physical Measurements
Index
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Quantum Physics Workbook For Dummies

Quantum Physics Workbook For Dummies

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Hands-on practice in solving quantum physics problems

Quantum Physics is the study of the behavior of matter and energy at the molecular, atomic, nuclear, and even smaller microscopic levels. Like the other titles in our For Dummies Workbook series, Quantum Physics Workbook For Dummies allows you to hone your skills at solving the difficult and often confusing equations you encounter in this subject.

Explains equations in easy-to-understand terms Harmonic Oscillator Operations, Angular Momentum, Spin, Scattering Theory

Using a proven practice-and-review approach, Quantum Physics Workbook For Dummies is all you need to get up to speed in problem solving!

Hands-on practice in solving quantum physics problems

Quantum Physics is the study of the behavior of matter and energy at the molecular, atomic, nuclear, and even smaller microscopic levels. Like the other titles in our For Dummies Workbook series, Quantum Physics Workbook For Dummies allows you to hone your skills at solving the difficult and often confusing equations you encounter in this subject.

Explains equations in easy-to-understand terms Harmonic Oscillator Operations, Angular Momentum, Spin, Scattering Theory

Using a proven practice-and-review approach, Quantum Physics Workbook For Dummies is all you need to get up to speed in problem solving!

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