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This book presents the basic concepts and methods of quantum mechanics for upper level undergraduate students, allowing them to master its application to real physical situations. A postulate-based treatment is adopted together with a gradual development of the quantum formalism of wave functions, operators, measurement and temporal evolution. Standard topics of one-dimensional and atomic motion, angular momentum and approximation methods are presented in addition to detailed discussions of many-particle systems, atomic and nuclear radiation. Appropriate mathematical tools and techniques are provided wherever necessary. The core text is supplemented by 77 worked examples, some of which address more complex issues and aspects of present-day research. The aim is to make this textbook a realistic introduction to more advanced and specialized texts. The material provides full coverage of the subject matter, 94 problems with solutions and a further 93 with answers only
Table of Contents
1.Wave Functions and the First Postulate 2. Operators and the Second Postulate 3. Eigenstates and the Third Postulate 4. Commutation Relations and the Fourth Postulate 5. Electron Motion in the Atom 6. Angular Momentum 7. Approximate Methods 8. Many-Particle Systems 9 Atomic Radiation 10. Nuclear Radiation 11. One-Dimensional Motion 12. Temporal Evolution and the Fifth Postulate
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