Foundations of Quantum Physics

Authors: Burkhardt, Charles E., Leventhal, Jacob J.

  • A "retrospective" included at the end of each chapter stresses the importance of the material covered and places it in the context of previous and future chapters
  • The book is viewed as a reference that students can take into the real world and apply to careers as physicists
  • The prose of the textbook is engaging to the student, as opposed to a lecture style of writing
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About this Textbook

Intended to be used as a textbook for an introductory course in quantum mechanics at the undergraduate level, Foundations of Quantum Physics is also meant to be retained by the student for later use as a reference.  The presentation begins with the solution of some basic quantum mechanical problems.  The emphasis is on those features of the solutions that are unique to quantum physics.  It is only after these aspects of quantum physics are thoroughly discussed that the mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics is presented and related to the previous chapters.  Throughout the book, the emphasis is on understanding the concepts and relating them to known phenomena.

Because the book is intended to serve as a reference long after it has been used as a textbook, it contains more material than an instructor can likely cover in a two semester course.  In keeping with this theme, there are topics included, not necessarily more advanced topics, that are not normally covered in introductory textbooks.

Charles E. Burkhardt and Jacob J. Leventhal are authors of Topics in Atomic Physics (Springer 2005). Foundations of Quantum Physics will serve nicely as a prequel to the Topics book.

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From the reviews:

"This book is meant to be used for a first course in quantum mechanics and assumes that the student has taken a modern physics course and has had mathematics through differential equations. … The book reviews how to sketch wave functions for a variety of 1-D potentials and addresses the standard calculations for special cases. … Overall, this is an excellent book … . Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates." (E. Kincanon, Choice, Vol. 46 (8), April, 2009)

"This textbook provides an introduction to quantum mechanics at an elementary level. … The presentation of the topics is very good and pedagogical. … Finally, many exercises and their solutions … are given. All in all, this book provides an excellent introduction to the field of quantum physics. It will be very useful to beginning students in quantum mechanics, and also to lecturers on this topic. It is highly recommended as a basis for a course, or even for self-study." (Axel Maas, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2009 m)


Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Time-Dependent States in One Dimension

    Burkhardt, Charles E. (et al.)

    Pages 1-29

  • Harmonic Oscillator Solution Using Operator Methods

    Burkhardt, Charles E. (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • Quantum Mechanics in One Dimension—Bound states I

    Burkhardt, Charles E. (et al.)

    Pages 1-35

  • Central Potentials

    Burkhardt, Charles E. (et al.)

    Pages 1-50

  • Time-Independent Approximation Methods

    Burkhardt, Charles E. (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

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eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $149.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4419-2662-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Foundations of Quantum Physics
Authors
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: CBS Publishers, New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-77652-1
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-77652-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-77651-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2662-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 530
Number of Illustrations and Tables
133 b/w illustrations
Topics