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Question about a book

  1. Jul 26, 2008 #1
    I was wondering if anyone here has used David Griffith's "Introduction to Elementary Particles." I am thinking of buying it but I am curious as to what prerequisites I need to get through the book. Do I need a course in quantum mechanics (which I will be taking in the fall) or is the necessary material from quantum mechanics covered in the book so I can get through it on my own. I appreciate any advice.
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  3. Jul 26, 2008 #2
    I always thought that this book was like an intro to QM type text. I would check out amazon, possibly look up the Table of Contents, etc. Just from the title it seems like it is a beginner/intermediate QM text.
  4. Jul 26, 2008 #3
    Hello Someone1987, and welcome to PF :smile:

    here is the beginning of the preface to David Griffith's "Introduction to Elementary Particles." I know this is copyrighted material, and it may be deleted by mentors if they decide to do so. I believe you should be able to read it to make up your mind, as you would if you could open it in a bookstore.
    I strongly recommend this book. The best would be if you can already read it from say a library and make up your mind whether it is suited for you to buy it.
  5. Jul 27, 2008 #4

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    I own Griffiths, and while it is an excellent book, it assumes that one has some QM background - I would say a certain level of comfort, so that Griffiths can glide past a few intermediate steps in QM so he can focus on what the book is about: particles.

    I don't know what book JasonJo is thinking of, but don't think it's this one.
  6. Jul 27, 2008 #5

    George Jones

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    I think JasonJo is thinking of Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, also authored by David Griffiths.
  7. Jul 27, 2008 #6
    I'm pretty sure that the excerpt you quoted is short enough to satisfy pretty much any definition of "fair use." See, for example, http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html:
  8. Jul 27, 2008 #7
    Yeap bingo, sorry about that.
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