Quantum Mechanics for Chemists

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Royal Society of Chemistry, 2002 - 184 pages
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Quantum Mechanics for Chemists is designed to provide chemistry undergraduates with a basic understanding of the principles of quantum mechanics. The text assumes some knowledge of chemical bonding and a familiarity with the qualitative aspects of molecular orbitals in molecules such as butadiene and benzene. Thus it is intended to follow a basic course in organic and/or inorganic chemistry. The approach is rather different from that adopted in most books on quantum chemistry in that the Schr/dinger wave equation is introduced at a fairly late stage, after students have become familiar with the application of de Broglie-type wavefunctions to free particles and particles in a box. Likewise, the Hamiltonian operator and the concept of eigenfunctions and eigenvalues are not introduced until the last two chapters of the book, where approximate solutions to the wave equation for many-electron atoms and molecules are discussed. In this way, students receive a gradual introduction to the basic concepts of quantum mechanics. Ideal for the needs of undergraduate chemistry students, Tutorial Chemistry Texts is a major series consisting of short, single topic or modular texts concentrating on the fundamental areas of chemistry taught in undergraduate science courses. Each book provides a concise account of the basic principles underlying a given subject, embodying an independent-learning philosophy and including worked examples."
 

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Contents

ParticleWave Duality
1
Particle in a Onedimensional Box
26
Uncertainty Arising from the Wave Nature
38
The Onedimensional Schrodinger Wave
48
Rotational Motion
68
The Hydrogen Atom
92
Further Concepts in Quantum Mechanics
114
l0 The Elements of the Periodic Table
128
The Structure of Molecules
136
Answers to Problems
178
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