Visual Quantum Mechanics

Hardware and software requirements:

The CD-ROM accompanying the book "Visual Quantum Mechanics" is a Mac/Iso hybrid which means that you can use it with Macintosh computers as well as with Windows 95/98/2000/NT computers.


Software:Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT 4, or later,
QuickTime 3.0.2 or later. (Installer for QuickTime 4 provided on the CD-ROM.)
Hardware: Intel Pentium Processor or compatible
12 MB of available RAM
8bit color at 640x480 resolution, SVGA color. 16 bit color recommended.
4-speed CD-ROM (12xCD-ROM recommended)


Software: MacOS, System 7.5.3 or later, QuickTime 3.0.2 or later.
(Installer for QuickTime 5 provided on the CD-ROM.)

OS X: The application on the CD-ROM runs in the classic environment without problems.

You can upgrade to an OS-X version of the player application here. (Be sure to read the instructions!)

Hardware: Power Mac
12MB of available RAM
256 colors at 640x480 pixels (thousands of colors recommended)
4-speed CD-ROM (12xCD-ROM recommended)


Presently, there is no version of Macromedia Director for Linux.
Therefore I cannot support the Linux-platform right now. But Linux users can have access to the QuickTime movies on the CD-ROM.

General remarks

You won't have much fun with the minimal requirements. The software has been designed to run smoothly on multimedia computers of 2000. The startup time of the application "Visual Quantum Mechanics - 1" and the performance of the movies depend critically on the speed of your CD-ROM drive and on the overall performance of your computer. The movies are played directly from the CD. A 12x CD-ROM drive therefore gives you a big advantage. If you need the best possible performance (e.g., for video projection in a lecture hall), and if you have 600 MB of free disk space, you may copy everything to your hard disk.


You can read the Mathematica code with the software provided on the CD-ROM. But in order to use the Mathematica code for generating movies, you must have Mathematica 3.0 or better.