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Some Mechanics and Mathematics

David Hodgson

in The Mind Matters

Published in print February 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240686
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680236 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240686.003.0011

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Some Mechanics and Mathematics

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In order to prepare for consideration of some basic mathematics of quantum physics, this chapter considers some basic mathematics of classical mechanics and mathematical ideas used in quantum physics. The first section deals first with Newton's laws, then with the concept of energy, and finally with Hamilton's equations. In order to understand the mathematical ideas of quantum mechanics, the second section discusses sines and cosines; imaginary and complex numbers; the exponential function; and waves and superposition. The last section describes one other mathematical idea important in quantum mechanics, probability.

Keywords: quantum mechanics; probability; wave mechanics; quantum physics; Newton's laws; exponential function

Chapter.  10863 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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