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Studying Self-studying quantum mechanics

  1. Nov 2, 2016 #1
    I'm studying quantum mechanics by my own.
    I'm targeting to be a condensed matter physicist.
    What is the best way to grasp the concepts as fast as possible,and what should I do to become a good physicist in the near future?

    Note: I've got a bachelor degree in physics but I stopped a couple of years,and since a year ago I'm reestablishing my knowledge in physics.
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  3. Nov 2, 2016 #2


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    Not being in any hurry.
  4. Nov 2, 2016 #3


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    I don't quite understand this question. Shouldn't you already KNOW QM to have a degree in physics? Even if you are rusty in it, you should have an idea of what it is and what is involved, since you should have studied it before. I can understand wanting a refresher material to get you back up to speed, but it is puzzling that you are asking for ways to grasp the concepts as fast as possible. Usually, the concepts stays even if you forget the details and the ability to work out a problem.

  5. Nov 3, 2016 #4
    This is true, but the goal of my question is what the path I should take to really grasp QM not only the basics(I have an idea about it and I have understood a lot of concepts). What parts in QM I should focus on or I really need to understand solid state physics or condensed matter physics in general?
  6. Nov 4, 2016 #5
    I'm Learning the subject as slowly as it should be to really understand the concepts, but do u have any tips for the journey to be as efficient as possible?
  7. Nov 4, 2016 #6
    Work lots and lots of problems from a good textbook.

    Keep the pencil moving by taking notes when reading or watching video lectures.

    Learning "efficiency" will always be higher when your pencil is moving in a meaningful way.
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