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Quantum Physics for Scientists and Technologists

Fundamental Principles and Applications for Biologists, Chemists, Computer Scientists, and Nanotechnologists

Quantum Physics for Scientists and Technologists by Paul Sanghera
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Quantum Physics for Scientists and Technologists is aself-contained, comprehensive review of this complex branch ofscience. The book demystifies difficult concepts and views thesubject through non-physics fields such as computer science,biology, chemistry, and nanotechnology. It explains key conceptsand phenomena in the language of non-physics majors and with simplemath, assuming no prior knowledge of the topic.

This cohesive book begins with the wavefunction to develop thebasic principles of quantum mechanics such as the uncertaintyprinciple and wave-particle duality. Comprehensive coverage ofquantum theory is presented, supported by experimental results andexplained through applications and examples without the use ofabstract and complex mathematical tools or formalisms. From there,the book:

  • Takes the mystery out of the Schrodinger equation, thefundamental equation of quantum physics, by applying it toatoms

  • Shows how quantum mechanics explains the periodic table ofelements

  • Introduces the quantum mechanical concept of spin and spinquantum number, along with Pauli's Exclusion Principle regardingthe occupation of quantum states

  • Addresses quantum states of molecules in terms of rotation andvibration of diatomic molecules

  • Explores the interface between classical statistical mechanicsand quantum statistical mechanics

  • Discusses quantum mechanics as a common thread through differentfields of nanoscience and nanotechnology

Each chapter features real-world applications of one or morequantum mechanics principles. "Study Checkpoints" and problems withsolutions are presented throughout to make difficult concepts easyto understand. In addition, pictures, tables, and diagrams withfull explanations are used to present data and further explaindifficult concepts.

This book is designed as a complete course in quantum mechanicsfor senior undergraduates and first-year graduate students innon-physics majors. It also applies to courses such as modernphysics, physical chemistry and nanotechnology. The material isalso accessible to scientists, engineers, and technologists workingin the fields of computer science, biology, chemistry, engineering,and nanotechnology. 

Wiley; December 2010
544 pages; ISBN 9780470922699
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Title: Quantum Physics for Scientists and Technologists
Author: Paul Sanghera
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