Gerjuoy, Edward Department of Physics, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- Planck's constant
- Uncertainty principle
- Wave-particle duality
- Probability considerations
- Wave function
- Schrödinger equation
- Correspondence principle
- Quantum statistics; indistinguishability
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The modern theory of matter, of electromagnetic radiation, and of the interaction between matter and radiation; also, the mechanics of phenomena to which this theory may be applied. Quantum mechanics, also termed wave mechanics, generalizes and supersedes the older classical mechanics and Maxwell's electromagnetic theory. Atomic and subatomic phenomena provide the most striking evidence for the correctness of quantum mechanics and best illustrate the differences between quantum mechanics and the older classical physical theories. Quantum mechanics is needed to explain many properties of bulk matter, for instance, the temperature dependence of the specific heats of solids.
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