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Quantum Mechanics Book(Urgent)

  1. May 2, 2008 #1
    i am to start with QM can someone tell me of a nice book to start with the basics and slowly get into the rigors of QM
     
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  3. May 2, 2008 #2

    olgranpappy

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    A lot of people start from Griffiths' book which is quite gentle I think. It's at:
    http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Quantum-Mechanics-David-Griffiths/dp/0131244051

    I like Sakurai's "Modern Quantum Mechanics" which may be a little more advanced and I like Messiah's 2 volume set "Quantum Mechanics" which is kind of old-school. Also, for some hard-to-read old-school russian writing style try Landau and Lif****z's volume on Quantum Mechanics...

    but anyway, start with Griffiths'
     
  4. May 3, 2008 #3
    Thanks a lot i bought Griffith
     
  5. May 3, 2008 #4

    Doc Al

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    good supplementary book

    If you're a beginner and would like a bit of hand-holding, I highly recommend "Essential Quantum Mechanics" by Gary Bowman as a supplement to any standard textbook.
     
  6. May 3, 2008 #5
    thanks for that ....
    how do i read now i mean start with griffith and then read Bowman or the other way....
    P.S: i am an absolute beginner(in QM)
     
  7. May 3, 2008 #6

    G01

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    Another book that is the same level as Griffiths is Gasoriowicz's "Quantum Physics."

    While I think Griffiths explains the theory better than any book out there, he does not cover as many topics as other books. He also downplays the importance of Dirac Notation somewhat, which is VERY important.

    Gasiorowicz doesn't explain things as well and skips steps that I wish were there, but he covers more material and, after you use this book, you'll be better versed in Dirac Notation than you will be with Griffiths

    Currently I am using Gasiorowicz for my class and I supplement my reading with the corresponding sections from Griffiths. I think the combination can't be beat. Definitely consider picking up Gasiorowicz in the future to use with Griffiths.
     
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  8. May 3, 2008 #7
    i wudn't dare say i cud know that griffith didn't cover much but comparing his "chapters" with Sakurai i cud say he had less material...sorry if this was a wrong judgement but that's what i felt and i thought it wud be too childish to write that down
     
  9. May 3, 2008 #8

    Tom Mattson

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  10. May 3, 2008 #9
    hmm...ok with so much resources on and plentily available...can anyone tell me how to go about this i mean the order of study
     
  11. May 3, 2008 #10

    Tom Mattson

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    I would say use Griffiths as your primary source. Just jump right in to Chapter 1, and if you don't understand anything come to Physics Forums!
     
  12. May 3, 2008 #11

    Doc Al

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    You can read them in parallel, as needed. Bowman's emphasis is on explaining things that might trip up a beginner, whereas Griffiths is training you to be a quantum mechanic and covers a lot more technical material. Bowman covers the meaning of the quantum state, quantum postulates, operators, dirac notation, and lots more, in an attempt to eliminate some of the inevitable confusion. It's a concise book that you'll refer to often as you are puzzling your way through basic QM. Check out the table of contents on amazon: Essential QM

    (It's the sort of book that I wish was around when I really needed it! But it's brand new for 2008.)

    I agree with Tom 100%. Use Griffiths as your main text; use Bowman as a supplement. (Don't get me wrong, Griffiths is also an excellent pedagogical text--but every little bit helps. I wish Griffiths was around when I needed it, too! :smile:)
     
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