This book demystifies difficult concepts and views the subject, and explains key concepts and phenomena in the language of non-physics majors and with simple math, assuming no prior knowledge of the topic. This book is designed as a complete course in quantum mechanics for senior undergraduates and first-year graduate students in non-physics majors and applies to courses such as modern physics, physical chemistry, and nanotechnology.
The book presents the comprehensive coverage of quantum theory supported by experimental results and explained through applications and examples is presented without the use of abstract and complex mathematical tools and formalisms such as bra-ket vectors, Hilbert space, matrix algebra, or group theory. This book takes advantage of the amazing story of how quantum mechanics was developed.
From there, the book:
• Takes the mystery out of the Schrodinger equation, the fundamental equation of quantum physics, by applying it to atoms
• Shows how quantum mechanics explains the periodic table of elements
• Introduces the quantum mechanical concept of spin and spin quantum number, along with Pauli’s Exclusion Principle regarding the occupation of quantum states
• Addresses quantum states of molecules in terms of rotation and vibration of diatomic molecules
• Explores the interface between classical statistical mechanics and quantum statistical mechanics
• Discusses quantum mechanics as a common thread through different fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology
The material is also accessible to scientists, engineers, and technologists working in the fields of computer science, biology, chemistry, engineering, and nanotechnology.