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Quantum Physics, Third Edition 3rd Edition

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Enhance the thorough coverage of Gasiorowicz' Quantum Physics with a hands-on, real-world experience! Developed by the Consortium for Upper-Level Physics Software (CUPS), this computer simulation for quantum mechanics offers complex, realistic calculations of models of various physical systems. Quantum Mechanics Simulations (54884-7) is the perfect complement to Gasiorowicz' text. Like all of the CUPS simulations, it is remarkably easy to use, yet sophisticated enough for explorations of new ideas.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (April 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471057002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471057000
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is the worst introductory book on quantum mechanics that I have ever seen in my life. It is simply awful. This is the kind of book which professors seem to love and students will hate. Why? Because a professor has gone through the subject (presumably) several times and will look at the book and see all the goodies in it and think that it is great. Gasiorowicz does treat several interesting topics, mostly in later chapters. However, for the student, Gasiorowicz in my opinion completely fails to explain the subject of quantum mechanics even in the most basic way. He presents topic after topic, but unfortunatley is far to inept to tie anything together. There is no "glue" which is what the inexperienced learner needs to survive. He (Gasiorowicz) fails to let the reader know that the abstract concepts that he is presenting are anything but that. He simply blasts the reader away, assuming that he or she already knows basically what he's talking about. This brings me back to what I said before about professors liking this book. For someone with familiarity to the subject it is good, for those without it is painfully bad.
Assigning this book for an introductory course in QM is like the high school teacher who forces his students to read Faulkner. William Faulkner is one of the greatest writers in recent American history, but one needs a strong foundation in read literature to read him, understand him, and finally find the beauty in his writing. Quantum Mechanics is like that. There are three steps to "understanding," being able to read it, grasp it, and finally understand and find beauty in it. Gasiorowicz tries to come in on the third step, ignoring any Pedagogy whatsoever. One cannot just step into quantum physics and immediately find beauty in it.
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I Have read both Liboff, Griffiths, mcGervey and a few others and I have still not found as bad a book for introducing quantum. Besides the number of typos, the author skips mathematical steps like crazy without giving the slightest reason. In addition he just sites principles which you will not know the slightest bit about from reading this book. Most students in my class appear to have turned to Liboff at this point in time and I do not know of a single admirer of Gasiorowicz in my class, AND the semester is almost over!!!

I suggest a combination Liboff for a rough idea of quantum and then Griffiths for an excellent and beautiful grasp of the concepts (introductory level of course.)

P.S. - You just have to get over Griffiths placing the Schrodinger equation on the first page and then you're off.
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By Daverz on October 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
We used the first edition for both semesters of my undergrad course (it's always possible screw up a book in later editions, I suppose). We went through most of the book with our instructor page by page. This is not a chatty book. It is a very tightly written with no fat. You'll need to work through the book with pencil and paper as if you were doing a problem set. So I wouldn't suggest it for a first read, but it's a great book to have for review as there is no extraneous crap.
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I disagree with others that this is a poor text. I have noticed that this book tends to be used at the powerhouse universities in physics. It has been a text at Princeton, MIT, Berkeley, Harvard, Columbia, UCLA, Illinois, Chicago, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Washington, Colorado,UCSD, and UCSB. This is a pretty respectable rouster of the top physics schools.I think this list contains 7 of the top 10 with the other 3 schools using either a harder book yet (Stanford = Cohen Tannoudji) or a
book written at their school. (Cornell = Liboff, Liboff is at Cornell). Caltech uses Liboff too, but in a Freshman course. The junior course at Caltech, phys98, uses Merzbacher and Cohen-Tannoudji. I think the reason that it is used is that it is succinct and covers alot of ground. It is an undergraduate equivalent to the famous book by Schiff, a book that the best students will like because of its efficiency and elegance, but one that will be frustrating for students who are not well prepared, it is demanding, it requires you to be able to fill in some steps. I find the problem sets are quite good, and drag you through a lot of situations. I find that filling in the gaps in his calculations isnt overly difficult and is helpful. I really like all the applications in the second part of the book. It is true that Gasiorowicz expects you to be able to transfer information from examples that are not the same as the problems in the problem sets, there are no plug and chug problems of the type found in undergrad engineering books, Gasiorowicz assumes this is not needed. Think of this as training to wean you from such crutches, believe me, if you think Gasiorowicz is demanding, JD Jackson's Classical Electrodynamics, the near universal text for grad physics E&M, will crush you.
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I used this book in my undergraduate quantum course and found it pretty difficult to follow. The main problem I had with this book was that the author skips large steps in his calculations, and often just presents the results. As a student trying to grasp this material for the first time I found this approach pretty frustrating. Furthermore, there are very few worked examples in the book which compounds the first problem. Often if you don't grasp a concept or calculation initially, it will make sense after you see an example of its use. That is usually not possible with this book. After having completed my undergraduate course, and being near completing my graduate quantum course, I can see the value in this book. It presents all the important topics in a concise, logical manner and the book will probably be useful as a future reference, which is why I give it two stars instead of one. But this book is a poor introduction to quantum mechanics, and there are many books that would be a better reference. In conclusion, I would not recommend buying this book unless it was the required text for your course.

The best introductory text in my opinion is the book by Zettili. It works through a lot of the tough algebra for you which is necessary in understanding the material, and has many worked examples.
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