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Order to Read Quantum Mechanics Books.

  1. Dec 27, 2012 #1
    Please Suggest what will be the order as Elementry to Intermediate to Advanced.
    Is this Correct Choice Griffith's"Introduction to Quantum Mechanics" to Shanker."Principles of Quantum Mechanics" to Sakurai."Modern Quantum Mechanics".And After Completing All "Principles of Quantum Mechanics" by PAM Dirac.
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  3. Dec 27, 2012 #2


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    I would replace Shankar's book with Leslie Ballentine's text as a parallel to Sakurai's.
  4. Dec 27, 2012 #3
    Well The book may be good but not available in my country.
  5. Dec 28, 2012 #4


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    If those 4 are your only available texts, then yes, the order you have chosen is the right one.
  6. Dec 28, 2012 #5
    These also available.
    1.Quantum Mechanics by B. H. Bransden, C. J. Joachain
    2.Introductory Quantum Mechanics by Richard Liboff
    3.Quantum Mechanics by Eugen Merzbacher
    4.Quantum Mechanics by Aruldhas G
    5.Advanced Quantum Mechanics by Sakurai.

    My country has all Imprints of Pearson(Addison-Wesely), Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill & Wiley. Remaining all Imported Edition so Price is vey High.
  7. Dec 28, 2012 #6


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    Then you can choose either Bransden or Liboff for the introductory text instead of Griffiths and Merzbacher as a supplimentary reading to Sakurai's MODERN (not Advanced) Quantum Mechanics and remove Shankar's text altogether.

    The <Advanced Quantum Mechanics> text by Sakurai' is actually more QFT than QM, it's from the 1960's and uses an old fashioned relativistic notation (but has valuable insights nonetheless). You can use real and newer QFT texts instead of it.
  8. Dec 28, 2012 #7
    Thanks. I was thinking Griffith the Ultimate basic. but as elementry I choose Liboff now. so order will be Liboff to Griffith to Sakurai. to Dirac.
  9. Dec 28, 2012 #8
    You could throw in Modern Physics by Serway/Moses/Moyer before Griffith as a sophomore-level text.
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  11. Dec 30, 2012 #10


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    One of the reasons that there are quite alot of textbooks on QM is that not everyone put the same emphasis on the same topics. I think it's a good idea to use several references.
    For me it was a combination of Cohen-Tanoudji, Schwable, Messiah,Atkinson's. Also look for exercise with solutions textbooks.
  12. Jan 1, 2013 #11


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    When I started to learn quantum mechanics for research purposes last spring I think I started with a combination of Griffiths and a modern physics textbook I used for class (I used Tipler but I would not recommend it at all), then Shankar, then Sakurai. It helps to read chapters in Sakurai more than once though (for example read the first three chapters then go back and read them again while going on to the next chapter). It also helps to be familiar with Hamiltonian mechanics/formalism.
  13. Jan 1, 2013 #12
    Well, Modern Physics before Quantum Mechanics is very helpful but I already studied Modern Physics from Krane and some in Introductory Text "University Physics" so I directly started the Quantum.
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