Waves and Oscillations

Author: Walter Fox Smith
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019974212X
Release Date: 2010-05-20
Genre: Science

Waves and oscillations permeate virtually every field of current physics research, are central to chemistry, and are essential to much of engineering. Furthermore, the concepts and mathematical techniques used for serious study of waves and oscillations form the foundation for quantum mechanics. Once they have mastered these ideas in a classical context, students will be ready to focus on the challenging concepts of quantum mechanics when they encounter them, rather than struggling with techniques. This lively textbook gives a thorough grounding in complex exponentials and the key aspects of differential equations and matrix math; no prior experience is assumed. The parallels between normal mode analysis, orthogonal function analysis (especially Fourier analysis), and superpositions of quantum states are clearly drawn, without actually getting into the quantum mechanics. An in-depth, accessible introduction to Hilbert space and bra-ket notation begins in Chapter 5 (on symmetrical coupled oscillators), emphasizing the analogy with conventional dot products, and continues in subsequent chapters. Connections to current physics research (atomic force microscopy, chaos, supersolids, micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), magnetic resonance imaging, carbon nanotubes, and more) are highlighted in the text and in end-of-chapter problems, and are frequently updated in the associated website. The book actively engages readers with a refreshing writing style and a set of carefully applied learning tools, such as in-text concept tests, "your turn" boxes (in which the student fills in one or two steps of a derivation), concept and skill inventories for each chapter, and "wrong way" problems in which the student explains the flaw in a line of reasoning. These tools promote self-awareness of the learning process. The associated website features custom-developed applets, video and audio recordings, additional problems, and links to related current research. The instructor-only part includes difficulty ratings for problems, optional hints, full solutions, and additional support materials.

e Study Guide for Waves and Oscillations A Prelude to Quantum Mechanics by Walter Fox Smith ISBN 9780195393491

Author: Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews
ISBN: 9781478429265
Release Date: 2013-01-01
Genre: Education

Never Highlight a Book Again! Just the FACTS101 study guides give the student the textbook outlines, highlights, practice quizzes and optional access to the full practice tests for their textbook.

The Physics of Vibrations and Waves

Author: H. John Pain
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118681473
Release Date: 2013-03-15
Genre: Science

The main theme of this highly successful book is that the transmission of energy by wave propogation is fundamental to almost every branch of physics. Therefore, besides giving students a thorough grounding in the theory of waves and vibrations, the book also demonstrates the pattern and unity of a large part of physics. This new edition has been thoroughly revised and has been redeisgned to meet the best contemporary standards. It includes new material on electron waves in solids using the Kronig-Penney model to show how their allowed energies are limited to Brillouin zones, The role of phonons is also discussed. An Optical Transform is used to demonstrate the modern method of lens testing. In the last two chapters the sections on chaos and solitons have been reduced but their essential contents remain. As with earlier editions, the book has a large number of problems together with hints on how to solve them. The Physics of Vibrations and Waves, 6th Edition will prove invaluable for students taking a first full course in the subject across a variety of disciplines particularly physics, engineering and mathematics.

Quirky Quantum Concepts

Author: Eric L. Michelsen
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781461493051
Release Date: 2014-02-04
Genre: Science

Quirky Quantum Concepts explains the more important and more difficult concepts in theoretical quantum mechanics, especially those which are consistently neglected or confusing in many common expositions. The emphasis is on physical understanding, which is necessary for the development of new, cutting edge science. In particular, this book explains the basis for many standard quantum methods, which are too often presented without sufficient motivation or interpretation. The book is not a simplification or popularization: it is real science for real scientists. Physics includes math, and this book does not shy away from it, but neither does it hide behind it. Without conceptual understanding, math is gibberish. The discussions here provide the experimental and theoretical reasoning behind some of the great discoveries, so the reader may see how discoveries arise from a rational process of thinking, a process which Quirky Quantum Concepts makes accessible to its readers. Quirky Quantum Concepts is therefore a supplement to almost any existing quantum mechanics text. Students and scientists will appreciate the combination of conversational style, which promotes understanding, with thorough scientific accuracy.

Advanced Visual Quantum Mechanics

Author: Bernd Thaller
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 0387271279
Release Date: 2005-12-06
Genre: Science

Visual Quantum Mechanics is a systematic effort to investigate and to teach quantum mechanics with the aid of computer-generated animations. Although it is self-contained, this book is part of a two-volume set on Visual Quantum Mechanics. The first book appeared in 2000, and earned the European Academic Software Award in 2001 for oustanding innovation in its field. While topics in book one mainly concerned quantum mechanics in one- and two-dimensions, book two sets out to present three-dimensional systems, the hydrogen atom, particles with spin, and relativistic particles. Together the two volumes constitute a complete course in quantum mechanics that places an emphasis on ideas and concepts, with a fair to moderate amount of mathematical rigor.

Waves and Oscillations A Prelude to Quantum Mechanics

Author: CTI Reviews
Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews
ISBN: 9781478449904
Release Date: 2016-09-26
Genre: Education

Facts101 is your complete guide to Waves and Oscillations, A Prelude to Quantum Mechanics. In this book, you will learn topics such as Damped Oscillations, Driven Oscillations and Resonance, Symmetric Coupled Oscillators and Hilbert Space, and Asymmetric Coupled Oscillators and the Eigenvalue Equation 179 7. String Theory plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.

Rhythms of the Brain

Author: Gyorgy Buzsaki
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198041252
Release Date: 2006-08-03
Genre: Medical

This book provides eloquent support for the idea that spontaneous neuron activity, far from being mere noise, is actually the source of our cognitive abilities. In a sequence of "cycles," György Buzsáki guides the reader from the physics of oscillations through neuronal assembly organization to complex cognitive processing and memory storage. His clear, fluid writing-accessible to any reader with some scientific knowledge-is supplemented by extensive footnotes and references that make it just as gratifying and instructive a read for the specialist. The coherent view of a single author who has been at the forefront of research in this exciting field, this volume is essential reading for anyone interested in our rapidly evolving understanding of the brain.

Quantum Mechanics

Author: Nouredine Zettili
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470746561
Release Date: 2009-01-22
Genre: Science

Quantum Mechanics: Concepts and Applications provides a clear, balanced and modern introduction to the subject. Written with the student’s background and ability in mind the book takes an innovative approach to quantum mechanics by combining the essential elements of the theory with the practical applications: it is therefore both a textbook and a problem solving book in one self-contained volume. Carefully structured, the book starts with the experimental basis of quantum mechanics and then discusses its mathematical tools. Subsequent chapters cover the formal foundations of the subject, the exact solutions of the Schrödinger equation for one and three dimensional potentials, time-independent and time-dependent approximation methods, and finally, the theory of scattering. The text is richly illustrated throughout with many worked examples and numerous problems with step-by-step solutions designed to help the reader master the machinery of quantum mechanics. The new edition has been completely updated and a solutions manual is available on request. Suitable for senior undergradutate courses and graduate courses.

Introduction to Classical Mechanics

Author: David Morin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139468374
Release Date: 2008-01-10
Genre: Science

This textbook covers all the standard introductory topics in classical mechanics, including Newton's laws, oscillations, energy, momentum, angular momentum, planetary motion, and special relativity. It also explores more advanced topics, such as normal modes, the Lagrangian method, gyroscopic motion, fictitious forces, 4-vectors, and general relativity. It contains more than 250 problems with detailed solutions so students can easily check their understanding of the topic. There are also over 350 unworked exercises which are ideal for homework assignments. Password protected solutions are available to instructors at www.cambridge.org/9780521876223. The vast number of problems alone makes it an ideal supplementary text for all levels of undergraduate physics courses in classical mechanics. Remarks are scattered throughout the text, discussing issues that are often glossed over in other textbooks, and it is thoroughly illustrated with more than 600 figures to help demonstrate key concepts.

Quantum Bits and Quantum Secrets

Author: Oliver Morsch
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 3527407103
Release Date: 2008-03-17
Genre: Computers

This textbook presents a concise, 'no-frills' introduction to this rapidly developing topic for non-experts. It adopts a step-by-step approach, starting from the basic principles of quantum mechanics and explaining how this can be used to make cryptography absolutely secure.

A Zeptospace Odyssey A Journey Into the Physics of the LHC

Author: Gian Francesco Giudice
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199581917
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Science

This book provides an everyman's guide for understanding and following the discoveries that will soon take place at the famous Large Hadron Collider experiments at CERN. The material is presented accurately yet accessibly, and the book is infectious in its enthusiasm for the project.

Essential Quantum Mechanics

Author: Gary E. Bowman
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780199228928
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Science

A concise, lucid development of the fundamental structure of quantum mechanics from a thoroughly modern perspective. Focusing on physical and mathematical understanding, with over 60 problems, this compact introduction is invaluable for students and researchers in physics and other fields where quantum mechanics plays an important role