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Quantum mechanics is one of the most challenging subjects to learn. It is challenging because quantum phenomenon is counterintuitive, and the mathematics used to explain such a phenomenon is very abstract, and difficult to grasp. This textbook is an attempt to overcome these challenges. Every chapter presents quantum ideas step- by- step in a structured way with a comparison between quantum and classical concepts. It provides a clear distinction between classical and quantum logic. Conceptual questions are provided after every important section so that the reader can test their understanding at every step. Such an approach aids in preventing misconceptions. Problem solving is not restricted to solving differential equations and integration. But it requires to systematically and creatively analyze a problem, to apply the new and powerful concepts for finding a solution and to understand the physical meaning of the solution. The tutorials on special topics are an effort to teach problem solving by actively engaging the reader in a thinking process, to apply the concepts and to understand the physical meaning of the solution. The simulations are provided for some of the topics. The simulations aid in the visualization of the quantum phenomenon, and for meaningful understanding of the mathematics. This approach may lead to development of "quantum mechanical intuition "as well as learning mathematical techniques for problem solving. Most importantly, the book is not flooded with numerous topics that makes the reader confused and distracted, rather the most important topics are discussed at a deeper level. The understanding of quantum mechanics is incomplete without understanding the early ideas and experiments that lead to the development of the quantum theory. Thus, the first two chapters of the book are dedicated to such topics.
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Dr. Shabnam Siddiqui earned her Bachelor of Science (Hons) and Master of Science with a specialization in Plasma Physics from the University of Delhi, New Delhi, India in 1999. She continued her advanced studies in physics from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA, and earned her PhD in physics in 2006, in the area of Quantum Computing and Quantum Information. After her PhD, she did her postdoctoral studies at NASA Ames Research Center, CA, and the University of Pittsburgh, PA. She also worked at Advanced Diamond technologies a spin-off from Argonne National Laboratory prior to joining Louisiana Tech University as a Research Assistant Professor in 2013. Presently she teaches at the University and her research is focused in the areas of nanomaterials for sensing and energy applications, physics education and fundamentals of quantum mechanics and its applications.
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