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A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics

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Inspired by Richard Feynman and J.J. Sakurai, "A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics" allows lecturers to expose their undergraduates to Feynman's approach to quantum mechanics while simultaneously giving them a textbook that is well-ordered, logical and pedagogically sound. This book covers all the topics that are typically presented in a standard upper-level course in quantum mechanics, but its teaching approach is new. Rather than organizing his book according to the historical development of the field and jumping into a mathematical discussion of wave mechanics, Townsend begins his book with the quantum mechanics of spin. Thus, the first five chapters of the book succeed in laying out the fundamentals of quantum mechanics with little or no wave mechanics, so the physics is not obscured by mathematics. Starting with spin systems it gives students straightfoward examples of the structure of quantum mechanics. When wave mechanics is introduced later, students should perceive it correctly as only one aspect of quantum mechanics and not the core of the subject.
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Preface Stern-Gerlach Experiments Rotation of Basis States and Matrix Mechanics Angular Momentum Time Evolution A System of Two Spin-1/2 Particles Wave Mechanics in One Dimension The One-Dimensional Harmonic Oscillator Path Integrals Translational and Rotational Symmetry in the Two-Body Problem Bound States of Central Potentials Time-Independent Perturbations Identical Particles Scattering Photons and Atoms Appendices Index

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JOHN S. TOWNSEND, Harvey Mudd College.

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