Required Textbooks

[Griffiths] = Buy at Amazon Griffiths, David J. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics. 2nd ed. Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004. ISBN: 9780131118928.

[Shankar] = Buy at Amazon Shankar, Ramamurti. Principles of Quantum Mechanics. 2nd ed. Plenum Press, 1994. ISBN: 9780306447907.


Buy at Amazon Cohen-Tannoudji, Claude. Quantum Mechanics. 2 vols. Wiley, 2006. ISBN: 9780471164326. (Useful for 8.05 and 8.06: Some students find it too encyclopedic.)

Buy at Amazon Dirac, P. A. M. The Principles of Quantum Mechanics. 4th ed. Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1958. (Quantum mechanics from the Master. Deep, hard and rewarding to read, but probably in the summer.)

Buy at Amazon Feynman, R. P. Feynman Lectures On Physics. Vol. 3. Addison Wesley Longman, 1970. ISBN: 9780201021158. (Ch. 6 on spin and Ch. 9 on the ammonia maser are particularly useful.)

[Ohanian] = Buy at Amazon Ohanian, Hans. Principles of Quantum Mechanics. Prentice Hall, 1989. ISBN: 9780137127955. (More emphasis than Griffiths on operator methods but less depth on some other topics.)

Buy at Amazon Sakurai, J. J. Modern Quantum Mechanics. Addison-Wesley Pub., 1993. ISBN: 9780201539295. (A revision of the text by Sakurai. Advanced for 8.05.)

Buy at Amazon Axler, Sheldon. Linear Algebra Done Right. 2nd ed. Springer, 1997. ISBN: 9780387982595. (A conceptual introduction to vector spaces and linear operators.)

Reading Assignments


[Shankar] Sections 5.2, 5.3, and 5.6.

[Griffiths] Sections 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, and 2.6.


[Griffiths] Section 7.1.

[Griffiths] Appendix.

[Shankar] Chapter 1.

[Griffiths] Chapter 3.


[Griffiths] Section 3.5.

[Shankar] Chapter 9.


[Griffiths] Sections 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3.

For further reading on angular momentum with more emphasis on operators than Griffiths, you should consult one or more of the following:
[Ohanian] Chapter 7.
[Shankar] Section 12.5.