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Learn algebra and interpretation of QM

I'm a physics student it's my last year and I find my self struggling with usage of quantum mechanics. Now I'm starting to learn nuclear physics, solid state physics and soon quantum field theory and I see that I have holes in my knowledge. It's not that I'm completely ignorant, I've passed the exam in quantum physics I understand the concepts, but it doesn't feel right, I don't have the intuition like I do for example, classical mechanics or electrodynamics.
For example, of course, there are problems that I can't solve in classical mechanics or electrodynamics but I always know where to start I have an intuition about the problem and in most scenarios I have an ideas what solutions should look like. But in quantum physics, usually even for simple problems I can get stuck or don't know where to start.
I want to rebuild my knowledge from a new source.
The literature I've used so far is:
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by David J.Griffiths,
Quantum physics by Leonard Schiff,
Modern Quantum Mechanics (Revised Edition) by J.J.Sakurai.

First one is an easy read, good introduction, but it doesn't use bra/ket notation.
Second on I just didn't like, it was hard to read, short on examples.
Third one I really like, but I'd like to see more examples and I can't check solutions for problems at the end of the chapters anywhere.

Could you please recommend me couple of more choices? I prefer books with lot of examples of solving problems. Also, while it's fine that book starts with wave functions, solving Schrodinger equations etc, I'd like a book that uses bra/ket notation.


marked as duplicate by David Z Feb 16 '12 at 22:43

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    $\begingroup$ @DavidZaslavsky The link provided to claim a possible duplication has nothing to do with the question asked here. The question asked here is about books with solved problems on QM. Please provide a correct link if there is duplication otherwise it will not be fair to close this question. $\endgroup$ – Revo Feb 16 '12 at 22:52
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    $\begingroup$ @Qmechanic I have just checked ALL questions tagged books, and I find no similar question to the one asked here. I do not understand why the moderator closed that question! $\endgroup$ – Revo Feb 16 '12 at 23:33
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    $\begingroup$ This question is about QM textbooks. So is the other one. Officially these book recommendation questions are off topic anyway, but we've been able to allow a limited number of them by enforcing that the topics don't overlap. That is not the case with this question. $\endgroup$ – David Z Feb 16 '12 at 23:37
  • $\begingroup$ By the way, the links provided for Griffiths and Sakurai in the question are for old editions. There are newer editions of those 2 books. $\endgroup$ – Revo Feb 16 '12 at 23:57
  • $\begingroup$ Feynman, Hibbs & Styer' .(fgor the path integral formulation, of courese. ) $\endgroup$ – Abhimanyu Pallavi Sudhir Aug 7 '13 at 15:51

Schiff and Sakurai are graduate level books. A more "doable" textbook would be Shankar's book.

Griffiths is the standard textbook for undergraduate QM. It is very nice book but, like most of QM textbooks, it must be supplemented by solved problems.

Your best choice is Zettili's book. It contains solved problems on all topics including bra-ket notation. That is the reason basically why it has such high rating on amazon. It bridged a needed gap in QM textbooks.

You can check also Landau's book. As far as I remember, it contains problems with insightful short answers spread throughout the book.

  • $\begingroup$ I went to library today and got the Zettili's book, that was EXACTLY what I was looking for, I wish I knew about this book earlier. $\endgroup$ – enedene Feb 17 '12 at 22:43
  • $\begingroup$ @enedene Great that I could help, make sure it is the 2nd edition. Knowing about it late is better than never. $\endgroup$ – Revo Feb 18 '12 at 1:47

I don't know if you have more theoretical of experimental tendencies but i enjoyed a lot reading "Quantum mechanics" - Claude Cohen-Tannoudji. It is very precise but also more formal.

I think that, looking at how it is teached, quantum mechanics is a bit too academic. For something more interesting fromt the point of view of the examples you should try something of many-body theory but i understand that is a little out of the target.

Try also "Quantum mechanics" - Auletta Fortunato Parisi, Cambridge or "Quantum Mechanics" - Robinett, Oxford


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