Problems in quantum mechanics with solutions

Squires, G. L. (Gordon Leslie)

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  • Creator G.L. Squires
  • Format Books
  • Publication Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
  • Physical Details
    • ix, 254 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 0521372453, 9780521372459, 0521378508, 9780521378505
  • OCLC ocm29388185


  • Problem solving in physics is not simply a test of understanding the subject, but is an integral part of learning it. In this book, the basic ideas and methods of quantum mechanics are illustrated by means of a carefully chosen set of problems, complete with detailed, step-by-step solutions. After a preliminary chapter on orders of magnitude, a variety of topics is covered, including the postulates of quantum mechanics. Schrodinger's equation, angular momentum, the hydrogen atom, the harmonic oscillator, spin, time-independent and time-dependent perturbation theory, the variational method, identical particles, multielectron atoms, transitions and scattering. Most of the chapters start with a summary of the relevant theory outlining the required background for a given group of problems. Considerable emphasis is placed on examples from atomic, solid-state and nuclear physics, particularly in the latter part of the book as the student's familiarity with the concepts and techniques increases.


  • Includes bibliographical references (page 250) and index.


  • Numerical values -- Fundamentals -- Schrodinger equation -- Orbital angular momentum, hydrogen atom, harmonic oscillator -- Matrices, spin, addition of angular momentum -- Approximation methods, Time-independent perturbation theory, variational method -- Identical particles, multielectron atoms -- Time, time- dependent perturbation theory, transitions -- Scattering, r reactions -- Miscellaneous
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