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Quantum Mechanics: An Accessible Introduction Paperback – 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0805387162 ISBN-10: 0805387161

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  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805387161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805387162
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Scherrer is Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University, where he arrived in 2003 following 15 years as a professor of physics at Ohio State University.  He received is A.B. in physics from Princeton University, spent two years at Cambridge University on a Marshall Scholarship, and then received his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Chicago.  While a professor at Ohio State, Scherrer received the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.  His teaching philosophy follows the advice of Hippocrates:  “First, do no harm.”  He believes that most physics students come to study physics because they find it interesting, and it is the teacher’s job to maintain that interest while navigating the sometimes-difficult subject matter.

 

Scherrer’s own research is in the area of theoretical cosmology, including the physics of the early universe, dark matter and dark energy, and the large-scale structure of the universe.  He lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and five children.


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By hecher on October 29, 2010
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This is an excellent introductory book in QM for undergrads, nicer and more appealing than Griffiths, specialy the part in angular momentum with ladder operators, beautiful! I highly recomend it for a first course in QM
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By wackyratt on July 14, 2011
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This book is wonderful at explaining a few concepts, like reflection and transmission of particles at potential barriers... and awful at explaining others. However, it's a pretty good overview of beginning quantum mechanics. It also includes mathematical review of some linear algebra topics, like operators and vector spaces, that were very useful in reinforcing understanding. The upperclassmen in our physics department call Scherrer the "Macbook" because it's thin, pretty, and functional. Its thinness does reduce its usefulness as a comprehensive text. I'd use it in conjunction with a text like Eisberg & Resnick, so that you get both detailed mathematical explanation and two different ways of explaining conceptual topics.

One note I have about this book is that the index is awful. Whenever I wanted to look up a particular law or formula by name, it wasn't there. You can only search by vague topic, apparently. It's pretty hard to find a particular page or concept in this book, since it's all spread out. You kind of have to go through it linearly.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PhysicsStudent on March 8, 2011
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I am undergraduate physics student, and I am studying QM for the first time this semester. Unlike a lot of intro textbooks on QM (say Griffith's), this book is not loaded with too much detail that could be intimidating for first-time learners like myself. Therefore, I appreciate the author greatly for the clarity and conciseness of the book, and the book is truly for anyone who wants quick, but still excellent, overview of the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By smartguy on September 13, 2014
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Okay so, like many people have said about this book, it's pretty good conceptually, and it does explain the material really well. But the biggest problem that everyone will find in this book is that it pretty much makes every practice problem for homework extremely difficult. You may be saying "this guy doesn't know what he's talking about," but I guarantee you, the problems in this book are all very challenging; this is beyond Thermodynamics, beyond every math problem you've done, literally, problem 1.15, beginning with the Bohr energy levels equation derive the expression of the spectral lines in Hydrogen, and use this result to plug in values for m,e, h(bar), c, and epsilon 0, in order to confirm the value of Rydberg's constant R. Also, there is no solutions manual so you have no idea if what you're doing is correct other than the tiny bit of answers on the back of the textbook. This book, is one nightmare that will sufficiently break you for sure. If you need it, what I recommend is getting a used copy because it's really not worth the 120 dollars.

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So, recently I just found the solutions manual which is a great way to teach yourself due to, as most likely stated by others, the lack of examples; the way you find it is you look through the deep web for someone who is selling solution manuals for a variety of books, you get the manual from them for say 25-30 dollars, be sure that the SSL is valid on the website,try to be smart about who you buy it from, like try to email them a second time to make sure that they're not bots or anything, and try to avoid getting scammed. Some people use mycommerce.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jianying Yan on April 23, 2011
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This indeed may be the most "accessible" introduction to QM textbook out there. But be warned your instructor may go deeper than the book, especially in a full year course.
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