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Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 1/e

David J. Griffiths, Reed College

Published August, 1994 by Prentice Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics

Copyright 1995, 416 pp.
ISBN 0-13-124405-1

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Written by the author of the best-selling E & M text, this text is designed to teach students how to DO quantum mechanics. Part I covers the basic theory; Part II develops approximation schemes and real-world applications.


offers an unusually readable, consistent, and honest discussion of fundamental ideas.
some books allow students to assume that there are no conceptual problems with quantum mechanics, or conceal the interpretative difficulties with abstract language and dogmatic assertions. Griffiths acknowledges, from the beginning, both the difficulty in understanding quantum mechanics, and the controversy surrounding some of the fundamental ideas.
avoids a now-unnecessary historical discussion. Starts immediately with quantum mechanics— the Schrödinger equation, and its statistical interpretation, is introduced on the second page.
explores several exceptionally up-to-date topics— e.g., adiabatic processes (and a treatment of Berry's phase); Bell's theorem; the quantum Zeno paradox; and, where appropriate, cites recent papers in the accessible literature.
contains 315 graded problems offering a wide range of difficulty.

  • *essential, “confidence builders”;
  • **more difficult and less crucial;
  • ***most difficult— an hour or more;
  • no stars: good exercise but not essential or difficult.

Table of Contents
    1. The Wave Function.
    2. Time-Independent Schrödinger Equation.
    3. Formalism.
    4. Quantum Mechanics in Three Dimensions.
    5. Identical Particles.

    6. Time-Independent Perturbation Theory.
    7. The Variational Principle.
    8. The WKB Approximation.
    9. Time Dependent Perturbation Theory.
    10. The Adiabatic Approximation.
    11. Scattering.
    12. Afterword.


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