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# Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

## 1st Edition

**in Chemistry, Materials Science, and Biology**

**in Chemistry, Materials Science, and Biology**

This book provides a lucid, up-to-date introduction to the principles of quantum mechanics at the level of undergraduates and first-year graduate students in chemistry, materials science, biology and related fields. It shows how the fundamental concepts of quantum theory arose from classic experiments in physics and chemistry, and presents the quantum-mechanical foundations of modern techniques including molecular spectroscopy, lasers and NMR.
Blinder also discusses recent conceptual developments in quantum theory, including Schrödinger's Cat, the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen experiment, Bell's theorem and quantum computing.

* Clearly presents the basics of quantum mechanics and modern developments in the field
* Explains applications to molecular spectroscopy, lasers, NMR, and MRI
* Introduces new concepts such as Schrödinger's Cat, Bell's Theorem, and quantum computing
* Includes full-color illustrations, proven pedagogical features, and links to online materials

Appropriate introduction to Quantum Mechanics for students in Physical Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering, and biological sciences. Will be of interest to students, faculty, and lay readers who want a concise but correct discussion of the general concepts of QM.

Preface
1. ATOMS AND PHOTONS
1.1 Atomic and Subatomic Particles
1.2 Electromagnetic Waves
1.3 Three Failures of Classical Physics
1.4 Blackbody Radiation
1.5 The Photoelectric Effect
1.6 Line Spectra
1A. Maxwell's Equations
1B. Planck Radiation Law
2. WAVES AND PARTICLES
2.1 Double-Slit Experiment
2.2 Wave-Particle Duality
2.3 The Schrƒodinger Equation
2.4 Operators and Eigenvalues
2.5 The Wavefunction Exercises
3 SIMPLE SYSTEMS
3.1 Free Particle
3.2 Particle in a Box
3.3 Free-Electron Model
3.4 Three-Dimensional Box
Exercises
4. PRINCIPLES OF QUANTUM MECHANICS
4.1 Hermitian Operators
4.2 Eigenvalues and Eigenfunctions
4.3 Expectation Values
4.4 More on Operators
4.5 Postulates of Quantum Mechanics
4.6 Dirac Notation
4.7 Variational Principle
4.8 Spectroscopic Transitions
4A. Radiative Transitions Exercises
5. HARMONIC OSCILLATOR
5.1 Classical Oscillator
5.2 Quantum Harmonic Oscillator
5.3 Eigenfunctions and Eigenvalues
5.4 Operator Formulation
5.5 Quantum Theory of Radiation
5A. Gaussian Integrals
5B. Hermite Polynomials
Exercises
6. ANGULAR MOMENTUM
6.1 Particle in a Ring
6.2 Free Electron Model
6.3 Spherical Polar Coordinates
6.4 Rotation in Three Dimensions
6.5 Theory of Angular Momentum
6.6 Electron Spin
6.7 Addition of Angular Momenta
6A. Curvilinear Coordinates
6B. Spherical Harmonics
6C. Pauli Spin Algebra

- No. of pages:
- 319

- Language:
- English

- Copyright:
- © 2004

- Published:
- 7th June 2004

- Imprint:
- Academic Press

- Print ISBN:
- 9780121060510

- Electronic ISBN:
- 9780080489285

Wolfram Research, Inc., Chicago, IL, USA and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

"Professor Blinder is highly respected and is confirmed by his production of a very good book... Blinder's book has a freshness, a modern approach and is very readable."
-Neil R. Kestner, Louisiana State University
"I like the book very much. It is clearly written, in a style that should be appealing to students. The figures are especially good, and well chosen to illustrate important concepts that are often discussed without illustration...I found the explanations in the main text to be excellent...I would strongly recommend the book ."
Doug Doren, University of Delaware
"...This is an excellent book to use to introduce Quantum Mechanics to the desired audience...The organisation and style of the book are such that a student would find it easy to read and follow the physical, chemical and mathematical principles under discussion."
-Jim McTavish, Liverpool John Moores University
@qu: "*Introduction to Quantum Mechanics* is probably suited as a graduate text for students outside chemistry who need to understand quantum mechanics without undertaking a full year of physical chemistry. In addition to mastering the *mechanics*, lucky readers of this book will explore the fascinating philosophical and metaphysical implications launched into popular culture the word, *quantum*.
@source: Kevin. M. Dunn, Hampden-Sydney College, VA, USA, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION, Vol. 82, No. 3, 2005