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Quantum Mechanics: Concepts and Applications 2nd Edition

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Editorial Reviews


"The strength of the book lies in the long list of problems and the detailed solutions that makes the book student-oriented, especially, undergraduates. Teachers of the subject can benefit from the end-of-chapter exercises for assignments." (Contemporary Physics, 11 July 2011)

"The book contains almost six hundred examples, problems and exercises, some of them fully solved. They are intended to empower students to become independent learners and adept practitioners of quantummechanics." (Mathematical Reviews, July 2010)

“Zettili provides a second edition of this textbook on quantum mechanics. The material is suitable for two undergraduate semesters and one graduate level semester.” ( Book News, September 2009)

From the Back Cover

Quantum mechanics was developed in the first part of the twentieth century to help explain the behavior of matter at the microscopic level, ranging from molecular to subnuclear levels. It is the bedrock upon which modern physics rests; additionally, it provides a mathematical framework for many of the physical science fields and forms the basis of contemporary theories on matter and energy at the atomic and subatomic levels. This book provides a clear, balanced and modern treatment of the field and is aimed at undergraduate and first-year graduate students. Quantum Mechanics: Concepts and Applications – Second Edition takes an innovative approach to quantum mechanics by seamlessly combining the ingredients of both the textbook and a problem-solving book.

The textbook begins with the origins of quantum physics and then continues with the mathematical tools of quantum mechanics and the postulates of quantum mechanics. The next chapters cover one-dimensional problems, angular momentum, and three-dimensional problems. Subsequent chapters deals with rotations and addition of angular momenta, identical particles, approximation methods for stationary states, time-dependent perturbation theory, and scattering theory. The text contains many worked examples and numerous comprehensive problems with step-by-step solutions designed to help the reader master the machinery of quantum mechanics.

Quantum Mechanics: Concepts and Applications – Second Edition:

  • Provides a comprehensive introduction to quantum mechanics, combining both a theoretical and practical approach.
  • Offer an in-depth treatment of the practical mathematical tools of quantum mechanics and how to harness them to master the formalism of the theory.
  • Includes numerous solved examples integrated throughout the text and each chapter concludes with an extensive collection of solved problems.

This text aimed at undergraduates and graduate students needing a textbook for a comprehensive treatment of quantum mechanics that is backed by an abundance of examples and fully solved, multistep problems. The book may also be useful for researchers needing a quick, practical guide covering the various techniques that are highly useful to manipulate the formalism of quantum mechanics.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (February 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470026790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470026793
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.5 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I am a graduate student of materials science and engineering and used this book as textbook in an undergraduate QM course last semester. My comments next go first to its content level and readability, followed by a summary of its key contents and end with its strengths and weaknesses comparing to other QM books I have read.

This book is an intermediate level treatise aimed at audiences of undergraduates of physics and astronomy and graduate students of non-physics majors (e.g., chemistry and engineering), with a prerequisite of at least university general physics, linear algebra and differential equation. Some topics in it require advanced knowledge of classical mechanics and classical electrodynamics, for example wave packet and Zeeman effect, but one can easily pick them up through self-study of relevant chapters in classical undergraduate physics textbooks like the Berkeley Physics Course Series and the MIT Introductory Physics Series. Except the above, the book is self-contained and very easy to read, even for me!

It starts with experiments that historically invalidated classical mechanics in the microscopic world and presents key concepts which differentiates quantum mechanics from its classical counterpart (chapter 1), proceeds with fundamental postulates that the whole quantum formalism is based on and develops it with Dirac notation (chapter 2 and 3). These fundamentals are applied in one dimensional problems of potential step, barrier, well and harmonic oscillator (chapter 4), and further extends to three dimensional in both Cartesian and spherical coordinates, especially, the hydrogen atom QM model is developed and solved exactly(chapter 6). Chapter 5 and 7 treat angular momentum and its addition separately.
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Format: Hardcover
I just used this text for the first time while teaching an undergraduate course in QM. It is now my favorite QM book and I plan to use it from now on.

The main attraction for me was the large number of worked examples and the practical leanings of many of the calculations. In both of these traits it is better than Griffiths' text, which is what I had used most recently. However, I soon became a fan of the text style as well: Zetilli is very readable and straightforward in his presentation and covers all of the necessary historical and mathematical background (which may be shortened or skipped if the class has the math skills already). While there were some typos, most should be caught by the instructor (or perhaps a sharp student!).

Other books I have used simply jump right into the Schrodinger equation or relegate some of the important calculations to the homework with no comparable examples in the text. This can work if the instructor is willing to go "off-book" frequently to fill in the gaps but can be frustrating to a student working on his or her own. Each chapter has numerous "examples" in the text, with end-of-chapter "problems" (with complete solutions) and "exercises" (unsolved, though there is an instructor's solutions manual). This makes it much easier for students to find a model for the type of problem they are learning how to solve. In fact, I often listed helpful "problems" every time I assigned "exercises," which my students greatly appreciated.

I strongly feel that one skill that faculty should cultivate in their students is the ability to read - really read - a text book on their own and learn from it. For an undergraduate course this is a self-contained book that will serve as a valuable reference for self-study. It is very readable and I expect that the students will be happy to have it nearby when they take QM in grad school.
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"Not being able to make calculations, you miss the whole power of the theory" (freely quoted) is the statement in the foreword of this book. And this is the concept of it. You won't find long texts about the interpretations of Quantum Mechanics and maybe you will also miss the elegant, but difficult, concepts presented in the books of for instance Lifshitz/Landau. But you will find

a) A systematic scheme. You will learn about the origins, about the Mathematical Framework and then you go deeper and deeper in the Concepts of nonrelativistic Quantum Mechanics, including time-dependent perturbation theory and scattering theory. Zettili explains all in a very clear way.

b) Problems. A lot of problems. Those problems are the best thing in the book. They challenge you mind and they are good for a deep understanding of the subject. For around 1/5 of the problems (10-15 per chapter) there are also very good and clear solutions, something that is missing in most of the books I have seen so far.

I absolutely recommend this book to every beginning student in Quantum Mechanics, but also higher level student will benefit - you will find that you have often misses key points in the concept of QM and you will learn a lot of ways to tackle problems.
But I should also point out some disadvantages that you should be aware of

1.: It is a problem-solving book, I know. Nevertheless, a short introduction in the difficulties of interpretation should be in a QM textbook - just to make it clear, that there are conceptual problems in understanding.
2.: Most important: The mistakes. Maybe it is simply because this time I was really able to understand what the book is telling me - but somehow I have the impression, that there are more mistakes than usual.
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