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Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
This book first teaches learners how to "do" quantum mechanics, and then provides them with a more insightful discussion of what it "means." Fundamental principles are covered, quantum theory presented, and special techniques developed for attacking realistic problems. The book s two-part coverage organizes topics under basic theory, and assembles an arsenal of approximati
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Hardcover, Second Edition, 468 pages
Published
March 1st 2004
by Addison-Wesley Professional
(first published 1994)
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Oct 27, 2013
Tom
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2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for:
Students with no background in classical physics and linear algebra
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First, the good: this book doesn't require mastery of "advanced" classical physics and math such as Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, electromagnetism, partial differential equations, linear algebra, or statistics. For example, Griffiths takes his time to explain standard deviations, separation of variables, and phase and group velocity in the beginning. This makes the book very accessible.
The bad: While a step by step calculation makes it easy to follow, one often gets lost in details and m ...more
The bad: While a step by step calculation makes it easy to follow, one often gets lost in details and m ...more
I used this textbook when I was taking quantum mechanics classes years ago, and it is the best textbook I have ever read. This book differs from most other quantum mechanics textbooks in that it ignores the historical development of quantum mechanics, and jumps straight into the mathematical formalism (the reader is faced with the time-dependent Schrodinger equation on the very first page!). In the first five chapters of the book, Griffiths explains the basic concepts of quantum mechanics. Chapt
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Aug 03, 2014
Anton Simakov
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According to the title the book is intended to be an introduction to quantum mechanics, but in fact it introduces the reader to wave mechanics. This is the story with many other introductory books on the subject, and as an introduction to wave mechanics this book is not that bad, although not excellent.
But wave mechanics is not the whole story: the wave function formalism is not the most fundamental one and besides it is not general. There are a lot of quantum systems the state of which can not ...more
But wave mechanics is not the whole story: the wave function formalism is not the most fundamental one and besides it is not general. There are a lot of quantum systems the state of which can not ...more
Quantum Mechanics has a reputation for being one of the most esoteric topics in all of Physics. This reputation is largely well deserved, and it has it source in two aspects of Quantum Mechanics that make it particularly hard to understand. Conceptually, Quantum Mechanics puts to test some of our most deeply engrained intuitions about the Physical world. Such notions as the reality of the world apart from our attempts to observe it, causality of events, ability to measure all of relevant quantit
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Apr 10, 2014
Haneen AlSuradi
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Very much overrated !! As you go further the book becomes worse. I hope it was well-written like the Electrodynamics book written by the same author..
Not elaborate enough, no much text. Many important points are left as problems to be solved. In other texts they provide sections explaining these ideas.
The physical sense in the book is minor and it's lost between the lines of algebra and calculus.
One of the books that made me suffer during my studies.
Not elaborate enough, no much text. Many important points are left as problems to be solved. In other texts they provide sections explaining these ideas.
The physical sense in the book is minor and it's lost between the lines of algebra and calculus.
One of the books that made me suffer during my studies.
Self studying. Expect to be done by april. Accordingly, i will either recommend or not recommend this book for ambitious physicists.
Comments on structure so far:
1) the harmonic oscillator solution and the hydrogen atom were very informative
2) the angular momentum was treated in a horrendous fashion
3) the formalities of qm were introduced then quickly discarded
4) had to be supplemented by mit.ocw.edu many times (i referred dr. Allan Adam's superb lectures)
5) transition from orbital angular momen ...more
Comments on structure so far:
1) the harmonic oscillator solution and the hydrogen atom were very informative
2) the angular momentum was treated in a horrendous fashion
3) the formalities of qm were introduced then quickly discarded
4) had to be supplemented by mit.ocw.edu many times (i referred dr. Allan Adam's superb lectures)
5) transition from orbital angular momen ...more
This book was our set book for Quantum mechanics. Although the descriptions were good and the calculations were admittedly useful the main point against it was that a lot of the topic was relegated to the questions. But you were left entirely on your own at this point as there were no solutions to the questions (these were supplied in a separate book for academic staff only). With the result that if you couldn't answer the question you were left with a gaping hole in your knowledge and probably
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Extraordinary simple and intuitive way of presenting complicated underlays of quantum mechanics. First two chapters brilliantly reveal what the QM is all about, meaning of the wave function and what to do with Schrodinger equation. Later, it becomes more mathematical, but diligent student will have no trouble with it. Through numerous example and problems, one encounters many fundamental phenomena of QM: simple hydrogen atom model, configuration of atoms, structure of solids, bose einstein conde
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This book has a very high average rating. Perhaps my disagreement comes from my non-traditional background in Quantum Mechanics, where I was first exposed to the formal aspects of the theory in the Spanish school system. At any rate, I found the theoretical elaborations highly schematic, and lacking even a nod towards rigor. Sure Griffiths has an approachable, even amusing voice, but that doesn't excuse for me the failure to really link the formal theory and its physical meaning. This book could
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This book is not as good as many say. While well written and readable, there simply isn't enough hard explanation to really understand quantum mechanics without outside help. The problems aren't particularly helpful either. I suppose it is exactly what it says, an introduction. If you want to do quantum mechanics you will need other book. Try Liboff for a similar level but more explanation. It is many times the size, so that gives an idea of how much more information it contains.
This is a great introduction to quantum mechanics. Griffiths starts with the time-dependent Schrodinger equation (rather then the time-independent), and then proceeds to derive the time-independent, a method I prefer. All the basics are covered: 2D and 3D systems (harmonic oscillators, infinite and finite potential wells, etc), and of course the hydrogen atom, all in Griffith's engaging, conversational approach. And the length is just right, too! Highly recommended.
Quantum mechanics is a subject you have to learn again and again before you really get it - and even then, mysteries linger. It's conceptually challenging right from the start, and I can't think of a more accessible text than Griffiths. I must say it's pretty quirky for a physics textbook and it is the only one I have read for fun.
Aside: I met the author while touring colleges back in 2006. Needless to say, he's a brilliant lecturer with a great sense of humor.
Aside: I met the author while touring colleges back in 2006. Needless to say, he's a brilliant lecturer with a great sense of humor.
Griffiths' wonderfully intuitive writing style is in full form here, but not quite as elegant as in his E/M book. This is a very nice introduction to the topic, but it's so very very incomplete. Many interesting and, dare I say essential, things are left as problems or only mentioned in passing. Fortunately there are many examples, unlike Bransden, which makes this way more fun to read. Very accessible, a decent 1st book if your lecturer makes up for the stuff he misses.
Explains things in a very "friendly" way which is good because quantum mechanics can be terrifying. Some further hints on how to solve the problems given would have helped, but in general this book is pretty good for what it is.
It taught me quite a lot but even after passing the university course I read this book for, I still feel like I know nothing, which is probably why this book is merely an "introduction".
It taught me quite a lot but even after passing the university course I read this book for, I still feel like I know nothing, which is probably why this book is merely an "introduction".
a fine survey of quantum mechanical problems with close to the perfect ratio of words to equations. also, griffiths is a funny-guy, and many jokes can be found throughout this undergraduate textbook, constantly in a superposition of clever-or-not-clever. controversial axioms (is the momentum operator really that self-evident?) exist, but the humor-value of dirac delta functions compensates for any lack of rigor.
I normally wouldn't bother rating a textbook. but Griffiths intro textbooks on Quantum Mechanics and E&M are so helpful and clear, I would recommend them to anyone with a math background who wants to learn about these subjects. Also, if you are taking an undergrad course in one of these subjects and haven't been assigned the Griffiths text, go out and buy it anyway! Also, question the competence of your professor.
I really like this book for the basics, from wave mechanics to time independent perturbation theory. However, the more complicated topics toward the end aren't treated as well. Additionally, Dirac notation seems to take a bit of a backseat to the more introductory wave mechanics notation which can do the students planning to attend grad school a slight disservice when they have to tackle Sakurai.
After reading the first two chapters, it is apparent that this book is a far cry from the electrodynamics classic. It gets the job done, but skips even MORE critical math steps, gives disjointed and irrelevant examples and takes a high-handed approach to teaching quantum.
Personally, I think there are better Quantum books out there.
Personally, I think there are better Quantum books out there.
This is easily the best QM text out there. Griffith keeps it simple and elegant and he has an incredibly helpful rubric. He sort of holds your hand through the proofs and sometimes spends entire chapters on one equation, but it's always a clear train of thought.
To recapitulate, use this book to learn quantum mechanics!
To recapitulate, use this book to learn quantum mechanics!
Mar 22, 2011
Joecolelife
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5 of 5 stars
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I really like the way Griffith explains Quantum. Contents are well organized and make sense all the way through. My professor likes to use Gasiorowicz, but that book doesn't make much sense to me. So I supplemented it with Griffith and found it explains very well.
I've never had this book required for a class, but it's a great reference. Where Brandsen & Joachain is a bit light on the math, Griffiths goes through lots of proofs which is very helpful in learning the physics of quantum mechanics.
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