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Quantum Physics For Dummies

Quantum Physics For Dummies by Steve Holzner
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Introduction 1

Part I: Small World, Huh? Essential Quantum Physics 7

Chapter 1: Discoveries and Essential Quantum Physics 9

Chapter 2: Entering the Matrix: Welcome to State Vectors 23

Part II: Bound and Undetermined: Handling Particles in Bound States 55

Chapter 3: Getting Stuck in Energy Wells 57

Chapter 4: Back and Forth with Harmonic Oscillators 91

Part III: Turning to Angular Momentum and Spin 125

Chapter 5: Working with Angular Momentum on the Quantum Level 127

Chapter 6: Getting Dizzy with Spin 157

Part IV: Multiple Dimensions: Going 3D with Quantum Physics 167

Chapter 7: Rectangular Coordinates: Solving Problems in Three Dimensions 169

Chapter 8: Solving Problems in Three Dimensions: Spherical Coordinates 189

Chapter 9: Understanding Hydrogen Atoms 205

Chapter 10: Handling Many Identical Particles 231

Part V: Group Dynamics: Introducing Multiple Particles 253

Chapter 11: Giving Systems a Push: Perturbation Theory 255

Chapter 12: Wham-Blam! Scattering Theory 275

Part VI: The Part of Tens 293

Chapter 13: Ten Quantum Physics Tutorials 295

Chapter 14: Ten Quantum Physics Triumphs 299

Glossary 303

Index 309

Wiley; January 2013
ISBN 9781118460863
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Author: Steve Holzner
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