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Book on Quantum Mechanics needed

  1. May 24, 2006 #1
    Hi All!

    Does anyone know about some books on QM over the net?
    I know there is Cohen Tannoudji's book, which is some kind of a bible in this topic, but for now I only want to feed my interest and to call up my knowladge in QM. I have been learning it at the university though, but that was a long time ago. So what I need is some kind of a hardcore tutorial. Does something like this even exist for free on the net, or do I have to buy the Cohen Tannoudji book instead?

    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks guys!
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  3. May 24, 2006 #2


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    There are many QM textbooks available; Cohen-Tannoudji is not the book I'd start with, if I were you. There are some gentler books available, like Griffiths.

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  4. May 25, 2006 #3
    Is it available on the net, or only in book stores?
  5. May 29, 2006 #4
    i want one copy of Cohen-Tannoudji .who has it? i will be grateful!
  6. May 29, 2006 #5
    I also want a copy of Cohen Tannoudji book, but yet I haven't found one :(
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  7. May 29, 2006 #6
    Amazon sells the 2 volume set for 181.00 dollars
  8. May 29, 2006 #7

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    Here are links to a couple of courses online....





    I agree with chroot, Griffiths is a good start, although I have said many times before on these forums that I personally do not care for it. At this point in time, there really isn't a better text out there, some of the older texts could be consulted. The Schaums outline in Quantum Mechanics is really good and I am considering the purchase to have a qm book on my desk at work for quick consultation. Cohen-Tannoudji is not the text to start with at all, over the years I have found it to be more palatable but I know a whole bunch more now that I did in grad school. The more you know about qm, the more you will like it but I felt that I was not getting the eduaction I needed when using Cohen-Tannoudji. I would suggest Baym, Messiah, Schiff or Slater, not in that order. Schiff is the best out there by far if you can get it, I have 2 copies and they get used all the time. Slater is dated but readable, Messiah is a classic and Baym has been used in more than one school I looked at for grad school. Another choice is go with Yarivs' Quantum Electronics, it has a decenbt amount of qm and leads directly into the application of it. It was refreshing to re-read it a few years after grad school.
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  9. May 29, 2006 #8
    you can get messiah from dover for about $20 or so. that's a pretty good choice if you can't afford the $180 for example.
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  11. May 29, 2006 #10
    i prefer shankar; his treatment is reasonably mathematical and very clear.
  12. May 30, 2006 #11
    These two notes look quite good! Thanks Rach3!
    Anyway, I prefer the Bra-Ket notation (I learned QM using this stuff)...
    Does anyone know about some good lectures online which uses this?
  13. May 30, 2006 #12
    The two notations are complementary. You could do wave mechanics with position eigenkets, but it would be an excess. It's extremely easy to translate: e.g., a wavefunction [tex]\psi(x)[/tex] is simply a state with representation

    [tex]| \psi \rangle = \int dx \, \psi(x) | x \rangle[/tex]

    in the position eigenket basis. (This means [tex]\hat{X}\left|x\rangle=x\left|x\rangle[/tex]). The eigenkets correspond to Dirac delta functionals as wavefunctions; the expansion above is the same as saying

    [tex]\psi(x)=\int dy \, \psi(y) \delta (y-x)[/tex].

    We don't gain anything by being more abstract!

    (and translating the other way, [tex]\psi(x)=\langle x | \psi \rangle[/tex]).

    I think Townsend's textbook starts off with a detailed introduction to ket notation, in the context of spin-1/2 particles. It's based on Sakurai's (graduate) textbook, so it's probably more thorough with Dirac notation than Griffiths.
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