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167 Post author: lukeprog 16 January 2011 08:30AM

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Comment author: cursed 28 January 2011 08:42:11AM 4 points [-]

What are the prerequisites for reading this? What level of mathematics and background of classical physics?

Comment author: Lu93 12 March 2015 03:24:46PM 2 points [-]

You need some solid Linear Algebra: Vector Space, dual vector space, unitary and hermitian matrices, eigenvectors and eigenvalues, trace... Mind that you should learn these things with mathematical approach, for example, vectors are elements of vector space which has certain axioms, and not 3D arrows, like pupils learn in school. Since book has this approach (matrix mechanics, rather than wave mechanics), you don't need too strong analysis, you can just trust that some things are working that way, but if you want to understand it fully, i recommend taking some analysis course as well, to be able to understand decomposition in eigenfunctions. Integrals and derivatives are MUST, however.