﻿ Hands-on practice in solving quantum physics problems

## Chapter 12: Ten Tips to Make Solving Quantum Physics ProblemsEasier.

There is the philosophical approach to Quantum Mechanics which examines how and why everything works this way, and then there is the method my University professors pushed on us: "Shut up and Calculate!" Schrodinger Equation, Hilbert Spaces, just the straight math and how to use it to get real answers to quantum physics problems like particle in a box, or a 1D, 2D, or 3D infinite well. Or just getting the simplest atom Hydrogen right, and getting the spectral emissions and intensities.

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## Quantum Physics Problem Proved Unsolvable

See, in quantum physics problems with a loop group as the symmetrygroup, these symmetries tend to hold only up to a phase. The preciseway these phases work depends on the parameter q. Mathematically, thismeans that instead the loop group itself, the symmetries are reallydescribed by a slightly larger group that keeps track of these phases,called a "central extension" of the loop group. This has led people to spend huge amounts of energy studying representations of centralextensions of loop groups - which turn out to be much more economicallyunderstood, in a rather subtle way, as representations of quantum groups. In all this work the parameter q plays a major role.