Cart (Loading....) | Create Account
Close category search window

Bridging a quantum-mechanical barrier [engineering education]

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

Formats Non-Member Member
$31 $13
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

1 Author(s)
Story, R.E. ; Bellcore, Red Bank, NJ, USA

Most engineers need a basic understanding of quantum mechanics, and for this the typical college introduction is enough. Such an introduction tends to be axiomatic but physically unenlightening. The rules of quantum mechanics (QM) are a fait accompli; justified because they work. This is a good beginning, but those needing to learn more face a special quantum barrier: more advanced texts often continue in the axiomatic tradition. Infinite-dimensional spaces, amplitude vectors, matrices, and operators in lieu of momentum and energy-these and other concepts may be introduced with little rationalization or intuition. To an inquiring student, QM can quickly become bizarre; something to be manipulated but not understood. This need not be so. Here the authors present one teaching solution. They show that many of QM's key ideas can be reasoned out from just a few physical assumptions with mathematics that is low in dimension, linear and accessible to many. Some results include a simple reason for believing probability amplitudes are more natural to use than probabilities, the duality of functions as vectors and vice versa, an example of how a matrix, an operator and a physical value might be related, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle and Schrodinger's equation

Published in:

Education, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

Feb 1998

Need Help?

IEEE Advancing Technology for Humanity About IEEE Xplore | Contact | Help | Terms of Use | Nondiscrimination Policy | Site Map | Privacy & Opting Out of Cookies

A not-for-profit organization, IEEE is the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology.
© Copyright 2014 IEEE - All rights reserved. Use of this web site signifies your agreement to the terms and conditions.