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  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2 edition (13 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198530978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198530978
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 3.8 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 702,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review from previous edition ...masterful...a well-written innovative book which stands apart from other undergraduate quantum mechanics texts. (Foundations in Physics)

...excellently written... I highly recommend it. (Physics Today)

...a valuable resource in the teaching and learning of quantum mechanics. (Journal of Chemical Education)

...a comprehensive introduction. (Books Online)

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Richard W. Robinett Professor of Physics, Penn State University University Park, PA 16802 USA

Undergraduate majors in Mathematics and Physics (Magna cum laude) from the University of Minnesota 1975 Ph. D. (elementary particle theory, grand unified theories) from University of Minnesota, 1981 Postdoctoral research positions at University of Wisconsin, Madison (1981-1983) and University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1803-1986) Assistant, Associate, and then Full Professor in the Department of Physics, Penn State University Assistant/Associate Department Head, Physics Department, Penn State University, 1999 - present

Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (Forum on Education) 2003 Robinett, Richard W Penn State University Citation: For his contributions to undergraduate education in quantum mechanics, especially in visualization, and for demonstrated excellence in the training and advising of undergraduate physics majors. Nominated by: Forum on Education

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Format: Hardcover
Robinett's book is a comprehensive is somewhat mathematical treatment of the fundamental aspects of this fascinating subject.

Among the things most pleasing about the book are:

1. A constant connection with classical physics principles;
2. An early introduction to and development of the wave packet and operators and a physical interpretation of Schrodinger's equation;
3. A comprehensive discussion of various QM models in both their mathematical and physical aspects: the infinite well and other 1-D potentials, SHO, scattering;
4. Two-D and Three-D QM and the development of the Hydrogen atom;
5. Development of Gravity and QM;
6. An abundance of examples, many based on experimental results for the student to try out.

The mathematics is clear, and unlike many other books, the author takes the trouble to present many of the intermediate steps. I should say, however, that there are quite a few TYPOS sprinkled throughout the text. They are only a minor distraction and if anything, finding and fixing them can be a useful learning experience! My criticism would be that the sections on the physical and mathematical development of Spin is too short. Indeed, the Stern-Gerlach and associated gedanken experiments which are so fundamental to an understanding of the postulates of QM do not get much of a mention.

Having said this, the book is certainly a good introduction to the subject. It complements other traditional texts like French and Taylor quite well.
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This book is fantastic. I used it (and still do) in my Physics tthird year quantum mechanics course. The examples are clear, writing does not go into too much detail and everything is laid out well. Examples come after a brief explaination, then mroe mathematical rigour is introduced further on in the text. Basic knowledge is assumed but the book builds on very little and takes many examples back to first pronciples which is great.

This book is a textbook, so do not buy it thinking it is like 'A Brief History of Time' style popular science book. The book is an essential piece if reading for anyone on a physics degree and is interesting throughout, even for topics which are not on the course you are learning.
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This was the recommended textbook for a module, and I can understand why. Clear explanations, some question and answer sections and all written clearly.
If you need something for Quantum Mechanics, this is the perfect answer.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Very interesting but a bit on the esoteric side 24 April 2000
By Eric R. Bittner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is only intro level quantum mechanics book that I have seen that really makes an attempt to get to the heart of the matter of quantum mechanics and its connections to classical physics. The notion of breaking the subject down by dimensionality of the problems is certainly unique and creative. The book covers a wide range of topics ranging from quantum gravity to chaos. Derivations are presented in a clear and readable way. Moreover, the problems are really fun and interesting. My ONLY reservation is that what *I* really like about the book, first time students would probably hate! However, for a course aimed at theoretical students in physics or in chemistry, this would be a hit.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
An interesting presentation of the subject 11 July 2003
By "jayjina" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Robinett's book is a comprehensive is somewhat mathematical treatment of the fundamental aspects of this fascinating subject.
Among the things most pleasing about the book are:
1. A constant connection with classical physics principles;
2. An early introduction to and development of the wave packet and operators and a physical interpretation of Schrodinger's equation;
3. A comprehensive discussion of various QM models in both their mathematical and physical aspects: the infinite well and other 1-D potentials, SHO, scattering;
4. Two-D and Three-D QM and the development of the Hydrogen atom;
5. Development of Gravity and QM;
6. An abundance of examples, many based on experimental results for the student to try out.
The mathematics is clear, and unlike many other books, the author takes the trouble to present many of the intermediate steps. I should say, however, that there are quite a few TYPOS sprinkled throughout the text. They are only a minor distraction and if anything, finding and fixing them can be a useful learning experience! My criticsm would be that the sections on the physical and mathematical development of Spin is too short. Indeed, the Stern-Gerlach and associated gedanken experiments which are so fundamental to an understanding of the postulates of QM do not get much of a mention.
Having said this, the book is certainly a good introduction to the subject. It complements other traditional texts like French and Taylor quite well.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A serious attempt at teaching quantum mechanics 20 Mar. 2007
By physics student - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have been much impressed by Robinett's introduction to quantum mechanics. He seriously attempts to teach the principles of the subject, and does so with considerable effect. His quasi-derivation of the Schroedinger equation is notable.

I have used this twice in introductory quantum mechanics courses. Some students were vocal in their dislike of the book. However they seemed to have learned quite a bit from it. Given the adverse comments to be found about all other books in physics on Amazon the negative comments inspire contempt rather than respect. If Robinett errs, it is in attempting to teach Qm rather than in pounding formulae into students.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is in a weird place 28 April 2014
By Nate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book teaches you a lot of important things that aren't typically covered in an UG book, but it does so a bit too tersely. I used this in my UG QM1 course and hated it. The author throws pages and pages and pages of calculus and algebra at you and you get lost and forget that you were doing quantum mechanics. You sit there trying to evaluate 12 different integrals and do 6 terms divided by 9 terms of algebra and the course felt like "advanced techniques in college algebra" instead of "introductory QM." The gaussian wavepacket problems are exemplary of this.

Coming back as an individual now studying QFT/GR and higher, this book is much easier and I'm noticing some things that are insightful, but not digestable due to the pages of work. I completely missed the point of section 14.2 on seperable systems with multiple particles my first time around. It was just too many terms for my puny UG brain to understand. However, once you learn it with the dirac braket formalism, it's as simple as can be. Why would one try to explain the concept of a separable wavefunction with N 3 dimensional integrals of a N particle wave function? Does <n',m'|n,m>=<n'|n><m'|m> not explain this perfectly in a 95% less cumbersome notation? Especially since this is post the "formalism" chapter. Maybe I'm just brainwashed by Sakurai's beautiful use of bras and kets.
4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This Book Should Not Exist 2 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
We used this book in my undergrad quantum class, and not a single student ever had anything good to say about this book. The entire semester was a complete haze. Griffiths writes a beatiful intro QM text.
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