Quantum Mechanics: Classical Results, Modern Systems, and Visualized Examples

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Many of the familiar aspects of non-relativistic quantum mechanics were developed almost three quarters of a century ago, but the central role played by quantum physics in determining the properties of matter guarantees that new applications of the basic principles will continue to appear. Because the phenomena described by quantum theory are often remote from our daily existence, our intuition about the nature of quantum systems must be built up from sources other than direct experience; the visual display of quantitative information and qualitative ideas can play just as important a role in this learning process as do formal mathematical methods.
Quantum Mechanics: Classical Results, Modern Systems, and Visualized Examples provides the student with a thorough background in the machinery of undergraduate quantum mechanics, with many examples taken from classic experiments in atomic, nuclear, and elementary particle physics. In addition, the use of visualization is heavily emphasized throughout.

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Richard W. Robinett is at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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"Although Quantum Mechanics is a text written for undergraduate physics students, it is a valuable book for chemists also....Often you find yourself coming back to a book in order to supplement a class or help you understand something more clearly. I think I have just found another book like that!" -- Journal of Chemical Education

"Its wide range of subjects, assortment of applications and problems, and visual environment make it a valuable resource in the teaching and learning of quantum mechanics." -- Journal of Chemical Education

"Unique aspects of the book include and early and frequent use of wavepackets and of the Fourier transform relationship between position and momentum representations, as well as a challenging set of problems of which some are derived from recent experimental results. In addition to its use as a course text for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students, the book would also be a useful resource for instructors." -- Choice

"Richard Robinett has used his extensive experience in teaching undergraduate quantum mechanics to write an outstanding textbook with a distinctive flavor."--Uday Sukhatme, Foundations of Physics

"...an excellently written, comprehensive treatment of quantum physics fundamentals. I definitely would choose Robinett's book as a main textbook, and I highly recommend it for the physics libraries."--Suaznne Amador, Physics Today

"[A] very useful addition to the quantum mechanics literature...technically accurate and clearly and interestingly written."--R.D. Murphy, University of Missouri-Kansas City, in the American Journal of Physics

"I am impressed by the problems and the applied topics. A very good 'intermediate' text for chemistry students."--H. Strauss, University of California, Berkeley

"An outstanding new text. It has a wonderful collection of up-to-date applications. Likely to become a standard for the introductory course."--Michael Lieber, University of Arkansas

"Good junior-level introduction to modern physics. Abundant graphics make it an attractive complement to the vast literature on this topic."--Miklos Gyulassy, Columbia University

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