Visual Quantum Mechanics

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Visual Quantum Mechanics

The use of visualization techniques greatly enhances the understanding of quantum mechanics as it allows us to depict phenomena that cannot be seen by any other means. "Visual Quantum Mechanics" uses the computer-generated animations found on the accompanying CD-ROM to introduce, motivate, and illustrate the concepts explained in the book. By watching QuickTime movies of the solutions of Schrödinger's equation, students will be able to develop a feeling for the behavior of quantum mechanical systems, which cannot be gained by conventional means.

While there are other books on the market that use Mathematica or Maple to teach quantum mechanics, this book differs in that the text describes the mathematical and physical ideas of quantum mechanics in the conventional manner. There is no special emphasis on computational physics or requirement that the reader know a symbolic computation package. "Visual Quantum Mechanics” carefully describes the mathematical principles of the theory and aims to fill a gap between classical quantum mechanics texts and mathematical physics books. Despite the presentation of rather advanced topics the book requires only calculus, making complicated results more comprehensible via visualization. The CD-ROM provides easy access to more than 300 digital movies, animated illustrations, and interactive pictures. The supplementary material also includes hundreds of Mathematica notebooks for the reader’s own experiments and Mathematica-related software for the numerical solution of the Schrödinger equation.

This book along with its accompanying CD-ROM forms a complete introductory course on spinless particles in one and two dimensions. There is a second book in development, which will cover such topics as spherical symmetry in three dimensions, the hydrogen atom, scattering theory and resonances, periodic potentials, particles with spin, and relativistic problems (the Dirac equation).