Useful and Related Links
Here are some useful links for learning more about quantum mechanics.
- The Teaching of Quantum Mechanics. A great page by Prof. Daniel Styer at Oberlin on QM teaching, with a link to his paper in Am. J. Phys, “Common Misconceptions regarding Quantum Mechanics”, plus all kinds of wonderful teaching simulations.
- Quantum Mechanics Simulations and Explanations. This is a really cool site with a lot of demonstrations.
- History of Quantum Mechanics – A history of the subject with links to many excellent biographies of the people who founded it (part of a larger library of math and physics history). If you like history of science, this is the place for you!
- Linear Algebra review (PDF) – These are notes( by Andrew Blechman, Ph.D. 2006) from the first couple of sections reviewing some of the basic and important tools of linear algebra. You will find that linear algebra is central to what we’ll be doing here, and you need a good feel for it; it’s more important than calculus!
- Quantum simulations – This is a project being constructed by Jeffrey Wasserman and Professor Oleg Tchernyshyov here at The Johns Hopkins University’s Physics Department. The idea is to provide a quantum mechanics lab where you can do “experiments”. The material is actually aimed at the graduate course, but there are still a few things that can be learned as an undergraduate.
- Physics department at Johns Hopkins University.
For even more links than you might know what to do with, see what Google.com has on “quantum mechanics“. Beware, however: there is a lot of crap out there!
A great book to look at is Mr. Tomkins in Paperback, by George Gamow. It is written for the general public, and has very little to no math in it, but it has some beautiful explanations. The idea is that Mr. Tomkins goes to a physics lecture and, taking us all for surprise, falls asleep. However, he has some great dreams where all the phenomena of relativity and quantum mechanics becomes macroscopic. As an example, he must learn how to hit a billiard ball when confined to a small space of a pool table, and hence it’s momentum becomes very uncertain. I heartily recommend you get a hold of this book and take a look at it.