What are some good pedagogical QM papers?

In summary, the conversation is about finding resources to improve understanding of quantum mechanics. The initial speaker mentions difficulty with understanding a research paper and expresses interest in reading papers on experiments that illustrate QM principles. Another speaker recommends a specific textbook and mentions that understanding of QM has improved with the discovery of Bohmian mechanics. Further recommendations for textbooks and a survey paper on QM are given, with the original speaker expressing preference for Shankar's book and asking for recommendations for learning applications of QM. The conversation ends with a final recommendation for a textbook on quantum mechanics.
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TomServo
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I did a search but couldn't find what I was looking for. I'm a physics student studying QM at the graduate level. I'm aware that "nobody truly understands QM" but I'd like to get as much insight and intuition as possible. Textbooks are good for learning to solve problems and learning the formalisms, but I tried reading a QM paper and felt like I didn't understand any of it. This was the paper, in case you're curious:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v517/n7536/full/nature14091.html

I'd really like to read some papers on experiments that illustrate QM principles and tools, doesn't really matter how old they are since I'm not looking for the most cutting-edge research or findings (although non-archaic notation/terminology would be nice). I'm mainly interested in the papers' pedagogical usefulness for illustrating things like harmonic oscillators, angular momentum (rotation operators, angular momentum addition, spherical harmonics, etc.), symmetries, and what these things are all for.

Thanks!
 
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bhobba said:
See Chapter 3 Ballentine:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/9814578576/?tag=pfamazon01-20

In fact I think you will find your understanding of QM will take a big leap forward studying that book.

Thanks
Bill
My school library has the first edition, is that sufficient?
 
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TomServo said:
My school library has the first edition, is that sufficient?

Yes

Thanks
Bill
 
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I do not recommend Ballentine's nonstandard text - in particular, his Chapter 9 is highly misleading. Ballentine has spent his career attacking standard quantum mechanics, which continues to stand as our best theory. Also, it is not true that no one really understand quantum mechanics. The situation changed with the discovery of Bohmian Mechanics, which showed that the measurement problem has at least one solution in the realm of non-relativistic quantum mechanics.

I would stick to any number of a standard texts such the following. Cohen-Tannoudji, Diu and Laloe and Sakurai are probably the best for angular momentum.
Landau and Lifshitz https://www.amazon.com/dp/0750635398/?tag=pfamazon01-20
Cohen-Tannoudi, Diu and Laloe https://www.amazon.com/dp/0471569526/?tag=pfamazon01-20
Sakurai and Napolitano https://www.amazon.com/dp/0805382917/?tag=pfamazon01-20
Weinberg https://www.amazon.com/dp/1107028728/?tag=pfamazon01-20
Nielsen and Chuang https://www.amazon.com/dp/1107002176/?tag=pfamazon01-20
Holevo https://www.amazon.com/dp/3540420827/?tag=pfamazon01-20

A survey foundational issues in QM is given by Laloe: http://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/0209123.
 
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atyy said:
I do not recommend Ballentine's nonstandard text - in particular, his Chapter 9 is highly misleading. Ballentine has spent his career attacking standard quantum mechanics, which continues to stand as our best theory. Also, it is not true that no one really understand quantum mechanics. The situation changed with the discovery of Bohmian Mechanics, which showed that the measurement problem has at least one solution in the realm of non-relativistic quantum mechanics.

I would stick to any number of a standard texts such the following. Cohen-Tannoudji, Diu and Laloe and Sakurai are probably the best for angular momentum.
Landau and Lifshitz https://www.amazon.com/dp/0750635398/?tag=pfamazon01-20
Cohen-Tannoudi, Diu and Laloe https://www.amazon.com/dp/0471569526/?tag=pfamazon01-20
Sakurai and Napolitano https://www.amazon.com/dp/0805382917/?tag=pfamazon01-20
Weinberg https://www.amazon.com/dp/1107028728/?tag=pfamazon01-20
Nielsen and Chuang https://www.amazon.com/dp/1107002176/?tag=pfamazon01-20
Holevo https://www.amazon.com/dp/3540420827/?tag=pfamazon01-20

A survey foundational issues in QM is given by Laloe: http://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/0209123.

So that's a lot of recommendations, and I thank you for them, but I can tell you right off the bat I don't like most of Sakurai. I think a lot of the descriptions are confusing. It was a half-finished work and it shows (shame he was never able to truly finish the book), with all due respect to those who worked on finishing it.

I like Shankar, which you didn't mention, and I have the first volume of CT. Which of the other books you recommended there would you say are best for learning applications? You know, putting it all together so it's not just a bunch of abstract formalisms but something with physical significance that a student can grasp? Thanks.
 

Related to What are some good pedagogical QM papers?

1. What is pedagogical QM?

Pedagogical QM refers to the study of quantum mechanics from a teaching and learning perspective. It focuses on developing effective methods and strategies for teaching the complex concepts of quantum mechanics to students.

2. Why is it important to have good pedagogical QM papers?

Good pedagogical QM papers provide valuable insights and resources for educators to teach quantum mechanics in a way that is accessible and engaging for students. They also contribute to the advancement of teaching methods and the overall understanding of quantum mechanics.

3. How do I find good pedagogical QM papers?

There are several ways to find good pedagogical QM papers. You can search online databases, such as Google Scholar or ScienceDirect, using keywords such as "pedagogical quantum mechanics". You can also consult educational journals and attend conferences or workshops on quantum mechanics education.

4. What makes a pedagogical QM paper "good"?

A good pedagogical QM paper is one that presents a clear and organized explanation of quantum mechanics concepts, includes practical examples and activities for students, and provides evidence of its effectiveness in improving student understanding and learning outcomes. It should also be well-researched and supported by relevant literature.

5. Are there any recommended pedagogical QM papers?

Yes, there are many recommended pedagogical QM papers that have been recognized for their valuable contributions to quantum mechanics education. Some examples include "Exploring Quantum Mechanics: A Collection of 700+ Solved Problems for Students, Lecturers, and Researchers" by Victor Galitski and Boris Karnakov, and "Teaching Quantum Mechanics" by David McIntyre and Corinne Manogue.

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