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The Odd Quantum
Sam Treiman

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

PREFACE vii
1. Introduction 3
Overview. Beginnings.
2. Classical Background 27
Newton's law. Gravity. Energy. Electromagnetism. Special Relativity.
3. The "Old" Quantum Mechanics 61
Electromagnetic Waves. Blackbody Radiation. Early Spectroscopy. The Rutherford Atom. Bohr's Quantum Model. De Broglie's Matter Waves.
4. Foundations 80
The Two-Slit Experiment. Schroedinger's Wave Equation. Probabilistic Interpretation. A Brief Survey of the Rules. Commuting Observables. The Uncertainty Principle. Momentum. The Operator Concept. Angular Momentum. Aspects of Energy.
5. Some Quantum Classics 119
The Free Particle. Particle in a Box. The Harmonic Oscillator. Central Potentials Generally. The One-Electron Atom. The Infinite Solenoid. Decay Processes.
6. Identical Particles 149
Symmetry, Antisymmetry Rules. The Pauli Principle. The Fermi Gas. Atoms. More on Identical Bosons.
7. What's Going On? 173
8. The Building Blocks 191
Particles in Collision, Particles in Decay. Accelerators. Patterns and Regularities. Basic Ingredients. Summary.
9. Quantum Fields 231
Free Fields, Free particles. Interactions. Feynman Diagrams. Virtual Particles. The Standard Model in Diagrams. Again, What's Going On?
READINGS 255
INDEX 257

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