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Fundamentals of quantum mechanics
House, J. E.
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San Diego : Academic Press, [1998]

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xv, 279 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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QC174.12 .H67 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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An exposition of the principles of quantum mechanics and its applications. The text looks at the early developments in physics that led to quantum mechanics and other topics essential to understanding modern chemistry and physics. A knowledge of calculus and basic chemistry is required.

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House's stated aim, to provide a concise, self-teachable, elementary introduction to quantum mechanics, is an admirable one. The book includes a significant amount of useful information, logically organized and presented at a reasonable level for nonspecialists in physics or physical chemistry. Particular attention is paid to topics of interest to chemists. All necessary mathematics beyond introductory calculus is carefully, if not pedantically, developed. There are, however, some troubling features, including outright errors, inconsistencies of notation, and a tendency toward vague descriptions or references, all of which are potentially confusing or misleading. The choice of cgs units is inconsistent with accepted practice and with most current textbooks. Finally, it seems that the lack of answers to any of the problems at the end of each chapter would be a source of some frustration to anyone using the book for self-study. The small number of repeatedly cited end-of-chapter references might ultimately be a better vehicle for gaining familiarity with the fundamentals of quantum mechanics than this work. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. D. B. Moss; Boston University

Table of Contents

The Early Days
The Quantum Mechanical Way of Doing Things
Particles in Boxes
The Hydrogen Atom
More Complex Atoms
Vibrations and the Harmonic Oscillator
Molecular Rotation and Spectroscopy
Barrier Penetration
Diatomic Molecules
Huckel Molecular Orbital Calculations