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What should i study for Quantum Mechanics

  1. Mar 26, 2016 #1
    I want to start learning quantum mechanics but i have no idea where to start . I want to know wich other fileds and physics branches i have to study before quatum mechanics and if i want to go more deeply for this (like taking a graduate course ) what should i study before this in physics math and chemestery
     
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  3. Mar 26, 2016 #2
    Maths, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra and eventually operator theory. Physics, study all the basic physics first like Newtonian mechanics, Electromagnetism, special relativity and basic modern physics. Basically what you learn in a physics course at uni, until you get to quantum in 3rd year usually.

    Then pick up a friendly book like Zetilli's Quantum mechanics and work through it thoroughly, do the worked examples and some problems.
     
  4. Mar 26, 2016 #3

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    Quantum mechanics is nowhere near a graduate-level course - you'll meet it no later than the second year of an undergraduate physics program and will still be many years of study away from the stuff that gets covered in A-level threads here.

    To get through the first course in quantum mechanics, you will need
    - Math: Multi-variable and vector calculus, elementary complex analysis, elementary and multi-variable differential equations, elementary linear algebra. This material is covered in more or less the second year of a college-level math program (a serious treatment of elementary differential and integral calculus is the first year).
    - Physics: Classical mechanics at the level of Kleppner and Kolenkow or equivalent, E&M at the level of Purcell or equivalent, and then a semester on wave phenomena.

    If you're going to go beyond introductory QM you will need the Hamilton/Lagrange formulation of classical mechanics, much more differential equations and complex analysis, and a serious course on abstract algebra. This can be studied in parallel with your intro QM class.
     
  5. Mar 26, 2016 #4

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  6. Mar 26, 2016 #5
    If you can see well the last time i asked about cosmology and gravity , and i asked in wich branch we can put them not what to study for them
     
  7. Mar 27, 2016 #6

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    People can still read what you read in that thread - even the part where you think you don't need E&M to study QM. The advice there was spot on.
     
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