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Quantum Physics for Dummies, Revised Edition


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Introduction 1 Part I: Small World, Huh? Essential Quantum Physics 7 Chapter 1: Discoveries and Essential Quantum Physics 9 Chapter 2: Entering the Matrix: Welcome to State Vectors 23 Part II: Bound and Undetermined: Handling Particles in Bound States 55 Chapter 3: Getting Stuck in Energy Wells 57 Chapter 4: Back and Forth with Harmonic Oscillators 91 Part III: Turning to Angular Momentum and Spin 125 Chapter 5: Working with Angular Momentum on the Quantum Level 127 Chapter 6: Getting Dizzy with Spin 157 Part IV: Multiple Dimensions: Going 3D with Quantum Physics 167 Chapter 7: Rectangular Coordinates: Solving Problems in Three Dimensions 169 Chapter 8: Solving Problems in Three Dimensions: Spherical Coordinates 189 Chapter 9: Understanding Hydrogen Atoms 205 Chapter 10: Handling Many Identical Particles 231 Part V: Group Dynamics: Introducing Multiple Particles 253 Chapter 11: Giving Systems a Push: Perturbation Theory 255 Chapter 12: Wham-Blam! Scattering Theory 275 Part VI: The Part of Tens 293 Chapter 13: Ten Quantum Physics Tutorials 295 Chapter 14: Ten Quantum Physics Triumphs 299 Glossary 303 Index 309

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Steven Holzner is an award-winning author of technical and science books (like Physics For Dummies and Differential Equations For Dummies). He graduated from MIT and did his PhD in physics at Cornell University, where he was on the teaching faculty for 10 years. He's also been on the faculty of MIT. Steve also teaches corporate groups around the country.

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