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Other What Exactly is an Introductory Level for Quantum Mechanics?

  1. Mar 22, 2016 #1
    I recently bought this book: https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Elementary-Particle-Physics-Alessandro/dp/1107050405/

    In the preface it says that I'm assumed to have already learned quantum mechanics (including angular momentum and Dirac equation) and nuclear physics at an introductory level. What does that mean? Do they mean like a sophomore introductory modern physics course? If so, can I just read and do problems from books like University Physics with Modern Physics (Young and Freedman) or Modern Physics (Kenneth Krane)? Would that give me sufficient knowledge? Thanks.
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  3. Mar 22, 2016 #2


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    Typically, you can't just a read a text at a level above where you should be, and then go do problems from a text at your level. You won't get much from reading the book unless you meet the prerequisites. I don't know if university physics or modern physics will cover what you need, these notes should help you get an idea: http://quantummechanics.ucsd.edu/ph130a/130_notes/130_notes.html
  4. Mar 22, 2016 #3
    I meant reading and doing problems from the modern physics books before reading and doing problems from the Elementary Particles book. Apologies for not being clear.

    Thanks for the link by the way.
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