Cavendish Quantum Mechanics Primer
This primer takes able readers from their penultimate school year to well into the second year quantum mechanics course in physics at Cambridge University. It is not a textbook, but a primer introducing essential ideas, analytical skills and the solving of problems --- much in the style of the Cambridge physics course.
Chapters 1 - 3 expand the lectures given at the Senior Physics Challenge (http://www-spc.phy.cam.ac.uk), a Cambridge Physics development course for schools. Chapters 2 - 5 are also suitable for university courses.
Chapter 1 is available as a free sample. For this and for further details of the Primer, including details also of how to order in bulk, see http://www.cavendish-quantum.org.uk/
Chapter 1 revises essential school mathematics and classical physics used throughout this book and in higher physics generally. It also prepares for university entrance. Readers will find the required calculus and functions familiar, but will be guided to their use in solving physical problems. Such fluency and facility is essential for further study and for the transition to university.
Subsequent chapters explore ideas of confinement and uncertainty energies, atoms, pair production, tunnelling into forbidden regions, the quantum oscillator and the quantisation of strings and oscillations of fields, higher dimensions, particles in nano-structures, and quantum dynamics. Readers solve such problems in their full mathematical depth. Some problems are solved as examples, others have hints only.
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