Now in its 2nd edition, Quantum Mechanics on the PC presents the most up-to-date approach to elementary quantum mechanics. It is based on the interactive program Interquanta, which runs on MS-DOS either with or without coprocessor (two separate versions included on a 3 1/2'' diskette). With its extensive 3D colour graphics features, the book guides readers through computer experiments on - free particles - bound states and scattering from various potentials - two-particle problems - properties of special functions of mathematical physics. The course, with a wide variety of more than 200 detailed, class-tested problems, provides students - even with little experience in quantum mechanics - with unique practical experience of complex probability amplitudes, eigenvalues, scattering cross sections, and the like. Lecturers and teachers will find here excellent, hands-on classroom demonstrations for their quantum-mechanics course. See LooK 2/92
Readers of the book Quantum Mechanics on the PC by Professors Brandt and Dahmen can now use the programs associated with that book on a Macintosh computer. The diskette provides a complete set of Interquanta programs for computers with or without a mathematics coprocessor.
Interquanta (IQ), an interactive program on quantum mechanics allows students to do their own quantum physics experiments on the computer, and to study in 3D color graphics such quantities as complex probability amplitude, eigencalues, scattering cross sections, and more. By experiencing many such computer experiments, students gain a unique, "hands-on" experience in quantum physics which is otherwise difficult to achieve. The graphic features include two-and three-dimensional graphics in the form of static frames and motion pictures. Students do no programming, and hence need no previous detailed knowledge of this. The program has a very convenient, self-explanatory user interface based on the Java software technology. The book provides a recapitulation of the basic quantum mechanical formula, a manual to the IQ program, and a complete course with more than 300 tested problems. Fully automatic demonstration sessions are provided as introduction to interactive work. Physics topics covered include free particles, bound states and scattering in various potentials in one and three space dimensions, two-particle systems, properties of special functions of mathematical physics.
Use of this unique book will permit correction of the present defect in quantum education throughout the world. The new breakthrough in quantum mechanics was recently achieved due to the inverse problem approach. It allows finding infinite (!) number of exactly solvable models instead of only about ten previously known. It means an incomparable more convenient basis for the quantum education and countless instructive examples of the precise control of the spectral parameters. That was impossible to imagine in the previous quantum theory. Another great achievement was the discovery of qualitative rules of transformations of the most elementary wave constituents, their separate bumps. This opened the 'black box' of the above mentioned exact models and intensifies many times their usefulness. One acquires the notion about the simplest "bricks" and building blocks of potential and wave transformations. It means a real quantum ABC to acquire the quantum literacy and facilitate the future discoveries. So, one gains the absolutely unexpected ability of immediate prediction how, in principle, to achieve the given properties of the constructed objects. An unprecedented combination of qualitative simplicity and clarity with absolute exactness was achieved. Unlike the numerous books on quantum mechanics, mainly compilations, this one has no analogues. Being first hand information it is utmost intelligible due to computer visualisations. It is not a substitution of the traditional books, but a fundamental, strengthening and simplifying addition to them enlarging and deepening the understanding of the subject instead of previously unintuitive and approximate approach.