Quantum Mechanics Software
This World Wide Web page written by
Oberlin College Physics Department;
last updated 13 January 2000.
I am of course biased, but in my opinion the only software worth consideration
for teaching in a junior-senior level quantum mechanics course is:
This book/software combination contains seven major simulation programs,
each accompanied by a text chapter that includes dozens of exercises.
The exercises are one of the most valuable features
of this book, because they focus student attention on interesting
features rather than allowing student investigations to diffuse pointlessly.
All this comes at a price about one-third of what
you would pay for a single comparable program from other sources.
- J.R. Hiller, I.D. Johnston, and D.F. Styer,
Quantum Mechanics Simulations
(Wiley, New York, 1995).
The programs/chapters are:
- One-dimensional bound states
- Stationary scattering states in one dimension
- Quantum mechanical time development
- Electron states in a one-dimensional lattice
- Three-dimensional bound states
- Identical particles in quantum mechanics
- Stationary scattering states in three dimensions
- Bound states in cylindrically symmetric potentials
The programs "Quantum mechanical time development" and
"Identical particles in quantum mechanics" were winners in the 1994
Computers in Physics
Educational Software Contest
(see Computers in Physics, 8 (1994) 672-678).
- Dale Syphers, Computers in Physics, 10 (1996) 260.
- Physics Courseware Communicator, 2(3) (Spring 1995) 12.
This book/software is part of the
which has developed similar packages for much of the upper-level
A descendent of QMTime, the time development program,
is the free program QMValue, available through
as the self-extracting archive "QMNow.exe".