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What are the basic maths and physics laws someone should know before tackling quantum mechanics?

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What are the basic maths and physics laws someone should know before tackling quantum mechanics?

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Okay... I've spent a week stumbling through this site, asking random questions, and generally annoying people.

You'd annoy people less if you were less arrogant and accept the answers as a service done for you for which you'd be grateful even if you don't agree with them. Those answering you spend their time for _you_!

The way you currently answer doesn't make people inclined to give you further (and useful) answers.

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You'd annoy people less if you were less arrogant and accept the answers as a service done for you for which you'd be grateful even if you don't agree with them. Those answering you spend their time for _you_!

The way you currently answer doesn't make people inclined to give you further (and useful) answers.

C'mon, man... Gimme a break... I'm making an effort to better myself.

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C'mon, man... Gimme a break... I'm making an effort to better myself.

Good!

What are the basic maths and physics laws someone should know before tackling quantum mechanics?

Most important are:

Math:

1. Linear algebra (thoroughly; most of quantum mechanics is essentially linear algebra in infinite-dimensional spaces)

2. Calculus (up to partial derivatives)

3. Probability theory (basics)

Physics:

Classical theoretical mechanics (Lagrange and Hamilton formulation)

Special relativity (basics)

Thermodynamics (but this can come a bit later)

Learn all that in parallel to trying to understand the topics that really interest you.

You can find relevant background information in chapters C4 (nontechnical, with links) and A1 (slightly more demanding) of my theoretical physics FAQ at http://www.mat.univie.ac.at/~neum/physfaq/physics-faq.html

Things you don't understand in A1 will show you where you need prior practice.

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Special relativity (basics)

purely out of curiosity:

according to brian greene, quantum mechanics and special relativity conflict each other... Will i get confused if i try to learn it alongside quantum mechanics?

(i have a

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according to brian greene, quantum mechanics and special relativity conflict each other... Will i get confused if i try to learn it alongside quantum mechanics?

Only quantum mechanics and _general_ relativity seem to conflict. The marriage of quantum mechanics and special relativity is called relativistic quantum field theory and is mostly happy, with troubles about mathematical rigor in the 4D case kept in the underground.

You won't get confused by learning quantum mechanics and special relativity in parallel, if you wait with bringing the two together until you have a reasonable understanding of both separately.

You need some understanding of both in order to get what elementary particles are (namely irreducible unitary representations of the Poincare group).

(i have averybasic knowledge of special relativity... Tensors escape me...)

Do you understand matrices and their multiplication?

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