Quantum mechanics is a hugely important topic in science and engineering, but many students struggle to understand the abstract mathematical techniques used to solve the Schrödinger equation and to analyze the resulting wave functions. Retaining the popular approach used in Fleisch's other Student's Guides, this friendly resource uses plain language to provide detailed explanations of the fundamental concepts and mathematical techniques underlying the Schrödinger equation in quantum mechanics. It addresses in a clear and intuitive way the problems students find most troublesome. Each chapter includes several homework problems with fully worked solutions. A companion website hosts additional resources, including a helpful glossary, Matlab code for creating key simulations, revision quizzes and a series of videos in which the author explains the most important concepts from each section of the book.
Fully worked examples illustrate the key concepts
A clear and plain language approach illuminates a complex topic for students
The supporting website hosts a range of resources including videos, quizzes and a glossary
Daniel A. Fleisch is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Wittenberg University, where he specializes in electromagnetics and space physics. He is the author of four other books published by Cambridge University Press: A Student's Guide to Maxwell's Equations (2008); A Student's Guide to Vectors and Tensors (2011); A Student's Guide to the Mathematics of Astronomy (2013) and A Student's Guide to Waves (2015).
1. Vectors and functions
2. Operators and Eigenfunctions
3. The Schrödinger equation
4. Solving the Schrödinger equation
5. Solutions for specific potentials