# Quantum Physics For Dummies

3. Edition May 2024

352 Pages, Softcover*Wiley & Sons Ltd*

**978-1-394-22550-7**

The plain-English guide to understanding quantum physics

Mastering quantum physics is no easy feat, but with the help of Quantum Physics For Dummies you can work at your own pace to unlock key concepts and fascinating facts. Packed with invaluable explanations, equations, and step-by-step instructions, this book makes a challenging subject much more accessible. Great for college students taking a quantum physics course, Quantum Physics For Dummies offers complete coverage of the subject, along with numerous examples to help you tackle the tough stuff. The Schrodinger Equation, the foundations of quantum physics, vector notation, scattering theory, angular momentum--it's all in here. This handy guide helps you prepare for exams and succeed at learning quantum physics.

* Get clear explanations of the core concepts in quantum physics

* Review the math principles needed for quantum physics equations

* Learn the latest breakthroughs and research in the field

* Clarify difficult subjects and equations from your college course

Quantum Physics For Dummies is great a resource for students who need a supplement to the textbook to help them tackle this challenging subject.

Part 1: Getting Started with Quantum Physics 5

Chapter 1: What Is Quantum Physics, Anyway? 7

Chapter 2: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Classical Physics 13

Chapter 3: The Quantum Revolution 41

Part 2: The Fundamentals: Quantum Physics Principles and Theories 69

Chapter 4: Quantum Mechanics: Particle States and Dualities 71

Chapter 5: Quantum Electrodynamics and Beyond 77

Chapter 6: Quantum Cats and Spooky Action: Interpretations of Quantum Physics 87

Part 3: By the Numbers: Basic Quantum Physics Math 101

Chapter 7: Entering the Matrix: Welcome to State Vectors 103

Chapter 8: Getting Stuck in Energy Wells 131

Chapter 9: Back and Forth with Harmonic Oscillators 163

Chapter 10: Working with Angular Momentum on the Quantum Level 181

Chapter 11: Getting Dizzy with Spin 205

Part 4: Going 3D with Quantum Physics Calculations 217

Chapter 12: Rectangular Coordinates: Solving Problems in 3D 219

Chapter 13: Solving Spherical Coordinate Problems 237

Chapter 14: The Simplest Atom: Understanding Hydrogen 253

Chapter 15: Handling Many Particles and Group Dynamics 275

Part 5: The Part of Tens 303

Chapter 16: Ten Important Quantum Physics Pioneers 305

Chapter 17: Ten Quantum Physics Triumphs 311

Index 317