Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (book)


Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, often called Griffiths, is an introductory textbook on quantum mechanics by David J. Griffiths. The book is considered a standard undergraduate textbook in the subject.[1] Originally published by Pearson Education in 1995 with a second edition in 2005, Cambridge University Press (CUP) reprinted the second edition in 2017. In 2018, CUP released a third edition of the book with Darrell F. Schroeter as co-author; this edition is known as Griffiths and Schroeter.

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Intro to QM Griffiths cover 3rd ed.jpg
Front cover of the third edition
AuthorDavid J. Griffiths
CountryUnited States
SubjectQuantum mechanics
  • Non-fiction
  • Textbook
Publication date
1995, 2005, 2017, 2018
LC ClassQC174.12
Identifiers refer to the 2017 reprint of the 2nd edition, by the University Press, unless otherwise noted

Content (3rd edition)Edit

  • Part I: Theory
    • Chapter 1: The Wave Function
    • Chapter 2: Time-independent Schrödinger Equation
    • Chapter 3: Formalism
    • Chapter 4: Quantum Mechanics in Three Dimensions
    • Chapter 5: Identical Particles
    • Chapter 6: Symmetries and Conservation Laws
  • Part II: Applications
    • Chapter 7: Time-independent Perturbation Theory
    • Chapter 8: The Variational Principle
    • Chapter 9: The WKB Approximation
    • Chapter 10: Scattering
    • Chapter 11: Quantum Dynamics
    • Chapter 12: Afterword
  • Appendix: Linear Algebra
  • Index


The book was reviewed by John R. Taylor,[2] among others.[3][4] It has also been recommended in other, more advanced, textbooks on the subject.[5][6]

According to physicists Yoni Kahn of Princeton University and Adam Anderson of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Griffiths' Quantum Mechanics covers all materials needed for questions on quantum mechanics and atomic physics in the Physics Graduate Record Examinations (Physics GRE).[7]

Publication historyEdit

  • Griffiths, David J. (1995). Introduction to quantum mechanics (1st ed.). New Jersey: Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-0-13-124405-4. OCLC 984428006.
  • Griffiths, David J. (2005). Introduction to quantum mechanics (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-111892-7. OCLC 53926857.
  • Griffiths, David J. (2017). Introduction to quantum mechanics (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-17986-8. OCLC 952389109.
  • Griffiths, David J.; Schroeter, Darrell F. (2018). Introduction to quantum mechanics (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-18963-8. OCLC 1030447903.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hilborn, Robert C. (1 December 1997). "David J. Griffiths: Recipient of the Robert A. Millikan Medal". American Journal of Physics. 65 (12): 1140. Bibcode:1997AmJPh..65.1140H. doi:10.1119/1.18767. ISSN 0002-9505.
  2. ^ Taylor, John R. (1 March 2001). "Book Review: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics. By David J. Griffiths. Prentice Hall, New York, New York, 1995". Foundations of Physics. 31 (3): 561–563. doi:10.1023/A:1015729931600. ISSN 1572-9516. S2CID 117336599.
  3. ^ Harris, Edward G. (1 August 1995). "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics". American Journal of Physics. 63 (8): 767–768. Bibcode:1995AmJPh..63..767G. doi:10.1119/1.18098. ISSN 0002-9505.
  4. ^ Griffiths, David J.; Dick, Gale (11 January 2008). "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics". Physics Today. 48 (9): 94. doi:10.1063/1.2808172. ISSN 0031-9228.
  5. ^ Beck, Mark (28 June 2012). Quantum Mechanics: Theory and Experiment. OUP USA. ISBN 978-0-19-979812-4.
  6. ^ Das, Ashok (2012). Lectures on quantum mechanics. Singapore; Hackensack, NJ; [New Delhi: World Scientific ; Hindustan Book Agency. ISBN 978-981-4374-38-5. OCLC 800849720.
  7. ^ Kahn, Yoni; Anderson, Adam (2018). Conquering the Physics GRE. United States of America: Cambridge University Press. pp. xvii–xviii. ISBN 978-1-108-40956-8.