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Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 1st Edition
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This text book is a great introductory text book. It is a text book for students for whom quantum mechanics is a new subject. It is not a text book for people who already know any significant amount of quantum mechanics, nor is it a great text to use for independent study (unless you work the problems and have some way of checking yourself.)
Shankar is too advanced for most students new to the subject. It's also too much material to cover in a standard two semester course where the material is completely new. The only school I know of which uses it is Yale, and they count on students having a stronger background than most students at most schools have. Moreover, I know from personal experience that teachers at Yale focus on getting students to calculate the right answer rather than developing a solid understanding of the ideas behind the physics.
It's also too much material to cover in a standard two semester course where the material is completely new. Griffiths is designed such that it can be used for the quantum mechanics classes at most universities -- ie, if students haven't had every other physics class before they use this book or if some of their background is a little weak, they aren't screwed.Read more ›
The only problem I have with the book is that the shmucks didn't put a single answer in there. That's why I didn't give it 5 stars. How are you supposed to learn it if you don't know where you might have gone wrong in your answers?
The book is accessible without serious prerequisites, not even in electromagnetism, you just need to know the basis of calculus. Therefore it is the text to get if as a beginner you want to get acquainted with this fundamental piece of physics, along with learning your first physical theories (mechanics or electromagnetism). For others, it is useless to they who ever know pretty much of the theory, even as a review.Read more ›
First off, the good side: If you're interested in a wave mechanics approach to learning quantum mechanics, this book isn't horrible. You certainly learn a lot about solving differential equations, although you are never asked to solve any yourself. Also, the problems for the students to work range from the insanely trivial to the intriguingly difficult. Now for the bad part...
Well, the problem with those worked problems is that there is a lot of important stuff in the problems, and Griffiths assumes you have worked every single problem. This wouldn't be an issue, except most of the chapters have over 50 problems, and the odds that you did the right problem you need when he references that problem three chapters later is pretty slim.
Also, he does not introduce you to the Dirac notation or the linear algebra approach to quantum mechanics until the third chapter, after which he promptly discards that powerful tool in favor of the way he had been going, which is with wave mechanics. So he deprives the readers of knowledge of a remarkably useful language to discuss quantum mechanics.
He begins with the Schrodinger equation, without any motivation at all, and proceeds from there.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book of Griffith is almost excellent,
this particular version of printing has major problems with missing characters in formulas. Read more
This book is clearly not written for self-study. It has simple examples, that don't motivate a student to think up to the next level. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JohnnyAppleCider
David J. Griffiths is a great textbook author. I have used this and his Electricity and Magnetism book and both are well laid out, clear, and sometimes funny. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nikki
Let me be clear, the material in this book is 5 star material. It is presented clearly and concisely, and honestly other reviewers are able to convey how good this book is better... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ben Helldorfer
This edition is so cheap ! Every pages goes away and the text is very very small. Very hard to study on it.Published 2 months ago by William Gutt
This is one of the best undergraduate textbook for Quantum Mechanics. Presumably, students should have taken a course on Modern Physics such that they are already exposed to the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by L