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Originally posted by T_Jesus
There's no way one can teach quantum mechanics without calc 1-3, differential equations, and maybe even complex variables depending on your professor. QM is easier also if you know boundary value problems and even a course in probability and statistics helps out a bunch. I just can't see how someone can truly learn QM without knowing the math.
How about this? I've had this idea of laying out the "player's"(theories, field of studies etc.) in this area much like a sports team. Who would be the star players, where are the goalpoasts etc."
Originally posted by Ralph_The_Wonder_Llama
[I like that a lot. That gave me some good ideas - thank you. It would be good I think to talk about EM radiation in general, and then build on early quantum discoveries.
Explanation of variables and constants
Who's Who of Quantum Mechanics (the Scientists)
E = hv
Black Body Radiation
Rayleigh-Jean Law
Wein Displacement Law
Einstein's Quantum Explanation of the Photoelectric Effect
Balmer/Lyman/Paschen/Bracket series of the Hydrogen Atomic Spectrum
The Rydberg Forumula
De Broglie's lambda=plancks' constant / momentum
Bohr Hydrogen Atom
Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle
That sums up the first chapter in my book. The second chapter introduces wave equations in 1-D and 2-D and the mathematical principles of separation of variables. Chapter 3 is the Schrodinger Equation. Four and Five build on it from there.
It will be a lot of work, but translating this stuff into a more palatable form for a wider audience will help me learn it better principle-wise.
What QM book are you using? I used Griffiths...
Originally posted by nazgarn
- Nazgarn
Originally posted by nazgarn
I am really interested in the aspects and possibilites that Quantum Mechanics has, although I am NOT mathimatically inclined. I take it from these posts that someone who does not understand the intricacies of maths have not a hope in the world of even partially understanding this amazing field?
I know maths is the universal language, but could someone possibly translate it into English?
Originally posted by T_Jesus
What QM book are you using? I used Griffiths...
You learned Sep of variables in QM before another math course? Ouch...your calc 2 prof must've sucked.