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Just starting out in Quantum Physics

  1. Apr 9, 2016 #1
    Hello, my name is Brent I am very interested in Quantum Physics as well as Astrophysics. Is their anything I should know pointer or tips. Thanks.
     
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  3. Apr 9, 2016 #2

    phinds

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    I assume you mean tips regarding those fields and for that I'll leave it to people who actually know what they are talking about but in case you are asking about the forum, the big thing I'd suggest is reading the rules. They actually matter on this forum, unlike most.

    Welcome to the forum.
     
  4. Apr 9, 2016 #3
    OK thanks.
     
  5. Apr 9, 2016 #4

    George Jones

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    What is your background in mathematics and physics?
     
  6. Apr 9, 2016 #5
    Is their a requirement per say?
     
  7. Apr 9, 2016 #6

    George Jones

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    No, but the usefulness of recommendations depends on them being given at the appropriate level.
     
  8. Apr 9, 2016 #7

    phinds

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    Just FYI, in case you care about correct language, that's "per se".
     
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  10. Apr 9, 2016 #9
    Thanks I appreciate the feedback.
     
  11. Apr 9, 2016 #10

    PeroK

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    It's also "there" not "their".
     
  12. Apr 9, 2016 #11
    Thanks lol
     
  13. Apr 9, 2016 #12
    Okay, I think this pointing out of errors is getting a bit pedantic.

    Also, to Brent, no problem. :)
     
  14. Apr 12, 2016 #13
    introduction to quantum mechanics.
    http://www.cns.iisc.ernet.in/NS202_2012/Notes/Absolutely_Small%20(from%20Venkatesh).pdf [Broken]
     
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  15. Apr 12, 2016 #14
    Speaking as someone who does NOT have the adequate academic "requirements", but has still tried to go into the deep end too many times to count, I'd highly recommend a decent background in calculus. It would also be very helpful if you understood at least the basics of density matrices. In the absence of that, you're going to struggle with a lot of the information. Take my word for it. A lot of the concepts are very difficult to wrap your head around "conceptually". You need to understand the math to start out on firm footing.

    Good luck Brent. It's a fun ride, even if it gets a little bumpy at times.
     
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