Item description for Elementary Quantum Mechanics by Peter Fong...
Quantum mechanics is a difficult subject for students to learn after years of rigorous training in classical physics. In quantum mechanics they have to abandon what they have laboriously learned and adopt a new system of thinking.
In the previous edition of this book, the author reformulated classical mechanics as a classical theory with an undetermined constant. As the constant approaches zero the theory reduces to Newton's exactly, but when set equal to the Planck constant the theory reduces to the Schrdinger representation of quantum mechanics. Thus the new theory, at least in its mathematical form, can be learned without ramifications and complexity. Over the years, the book has shepherded the growth of a generation of physicists.
In this expanded edition, a similar trick is applied to introduce matrix mechanics. The matrix formulation presented allows quantum theory to be generalized to new physical systems such as electron spin, which cannot be done by the Schrdinger approach.
The result is a textbook which promises to provide a future generation of students a clear, usable and authoritative resource to study the fundamentals of quantum mechanics. Twenty new problems are added to existing chapters.
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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.98" Height: 1.02" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Publisher World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN 9812562923 ISBN13 9789812562920
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More About Peter Fong
Peter Fong has an academic affiliation as follows - Emory University, Atlanta.
Reviews - What do customers think about Elementary Quantum Mechanics?
Well written text for those into QM Dec 5, 2008
Anytime someone entertains the notion of writing "elementary quantum mechanics" you must understand the title itself is relative. QM by no means is for the foolhearty or those lacking math, chem, and skills of physics rolled into one. However, this book is relatively elementary in the sense of most QM texts. That is 'til you get to about the Stark Effect over on p. 219. As an eventually of ALL QM books, look, there is no such thing as a "easy one" to teach you. The author, P. Fong, in his expanded edition does you huge favors by teaching some relatively new tricks of solving a few of the more difficult math problems toward the end of the text. One advantage to this book is that the author is a very good writer. His style makes fairly smooth reading and for the most part, very good explanation. However, anyone attempting Quantum Mechanics has to understand that by nature, for the most part, there is nothing elementary about it because unlike classical physics, it is not and cannot be an exact science. One part, involving the radiation processes (later stage of the book) is very well explained and nicely integrated. Earlier the author notes about semi conductors, using germanium as example, and easily explains the hydrogen-like systems so familiar to all QM texts. There are cases you will recognize some of the problems from your P-Chem days, so you might get that text out to help recall the material. Well written and nice job for a challenging subject. guyairey