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Need recommendation for beginner QM book

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Can someone give me a link to a site that can teach me from the start in finding it hard to find something as you would in say a class room
 

phinds

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Can someone give me a link to a site that can teach me from the start in finding it hard to find something as you would in say a class room
Could you be a little more vague? I recognize all the words in your sentence but in that particular order, they don't make any sense to me.
 
Could you be a little more vague? I recognize all the words in your sentence but in that particular order, they don't make any sense to me.
Just somewhere to start it's hard to find the info on the net it either tells you in all the technical terms and I don't understand the technical terms yet so basically I wanna start at a point where I'm learning the lingo and learning about quantum physics and progress them together
 

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Just somewhere to start it's hard to find the info on the net it either tells you in all the technical terms and I don't understand the technical terms yet so basically I wanna start at a point where I'm learning the lingo and learning about quantum physics and progress them together
If you are far enough along in your studies to start seriously studying quantum mechanics I find it inexplicable that you could not find a beginning text on the subject.

Try a forum search here. There are several threads that make book recommendations.

Had you made the subject line of your post "need recommendation for beginning QM book" you would likely have good answer already.
 
If you are far enough along in your studies to start seriously studying quantum mechanics I find it inexplicable that you could not find a beginning text on the subject.

Try a forum search here. There are several threads that make book recommendations.

Had you made the subject line of your post "need recommendation for beginning QM book" you would likely have good answer already.
Alas.. sorry friend but this is a start and thanks for that appreciate you taking time out of your day to help
 
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From your profile, it seems that you have at least completed high school. If this is the case and you took at least beginning calculus, I recommend Griffiths.
 

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From your profile, it seems that you have at least completed high school. If this is the case and you took at least beginning calculus, I recommend Griffiths.
Books like Griffiths and Liboff are good. With insufficient math background and often weaknesses in classical mechanics, students often struggle.

The Feynman lectures provide an alternate view that can be fruitful in those cases:

http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/III_toc.html
 

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What is your current knowledge of math and physics?

In US universities, many or most students get their first exposure to QM as part of an "introductory modern physics" course which is intended to follow a standard two-semester intro physics course covering classical mechanics, E&M, optics, and thermodynamics. Typical textbooks (there are others):

Krane
Taylor / Zafiratos / Dubson

These assume that you already know basic classical physics (energy, momentum, etc.) and some calculus. After a course like this, students move on to a full-on QM course using e.g. Griffiths.
 
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I would suggest Susskinds book: Quantum Mechanics The Theoretical Minimum. It's written for folks who had an interest in the QM in college but lacked the math or majored in something else and after 20 years they want to learn about it again.

You may need some background in Calculus and pre Calculus concepts and for those I'd suggest the Mathispower4u.com website which covers math from 9th grade to first year college.

Your quest to understand Quantum Mechanics and Neuroscience is both noble and daunting. It will require a lot of patience and doing a fair amount of problems to understand the subject. Please be aware though that as interesting and profound as QM and Neuroscience are, you are unlikely to find the spiritual answer that you are seeking in the end.
 
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A little easier than Griffiths and not so spiritual is French and Taylor https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Quantum-Physics-M-I-T-Introductory/dp/0393091066.

As preparation for French and Taylor, you could try earlier books in the series like
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0393099709/?tag=pfamazon01-20
https://www.amazon.com/dp/8123909144/?tag=pfamazon01-20

Beiser's book is also good https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008UBHN38/?tag=pfamazon01-20

None of those are spiritual. If you want something spiritual, then you have to try https://www.amazon.com/dp/0750635398/?tag=pfamazon01-20 or https://www.amazon.com/dp/0471569526/?tag=pfamazon01-20. But there is nothing wrong with starting from the concrete.
 

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