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Principles of quantum mechanics : as applied to chemistry and chemical physics
Fitts, Donald D., 1932-
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Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
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ix, 351 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Quantum behavior encompasses a large fraction of modern science and technology, including the laws of chemistry and the properties of crystals, semiconductors, and superfluids. This graduate-level text presents the basic principles of quantum mechanics using modern mathematical techniques and theoretical concepts, such as hermitian operators, Hilbert space, Dirac notation, and ladder operators. The first two chapters serve as an introduction to quantum theory with a discussion of wave motion and Schrödinger's wave mechanics. Coverage then details the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics. Throughout, basic theory is clearly illustrated and applied to the harmonic oscillator, angular momentum, the hydrogen atom, the variation method, perturbation theory, and nuclear motion. This volume is the ideal textbook for beginning graduate students in chemistry, chemical physics, molecular physics and materials science.

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Is there the need for another book on introductory quantum mechanics? The topics that are covered are almost always the same, so the case for a new book must rest with the approach and point of view of the author. The topics in Fitts's book are much the same as one finds in Linus Pauling and E. Bright Wilson's Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, first published in 1935. The difference is the emphasis and style. Traditional texts generally begin with partial differential equations that are solved using series solution methods; Fitts (Univ. of Pennsylvania) takes an intermediate approach, using series solutions for some systems and solving others, such as the harmonic oscillator, with more up-to-date operator methods. The discussion in chapter 1 of the superposition of waves and of wave packets provides the background for Schr"odinger wave mechanics introduced in chapter 2. The following chapters treat one-, two-, and three-dimensional systems as well as approximation methods, systems of particles, and diatomic molecules. The point of view is formal and rigorous, with some examples from chemistry and chemical physics. The clarity of the presentation will be appreciated by those with some prior exposure to quantum mechanics. Upper-division undergraduate and graduate students. M. Coplan; Institute for Physical Science and Technology

Table of Contents

1 The wave function
2 Schrödinger wave mechanics
3 General principles of quantum theory
4 Harmonic oscillator
5 Angular momentum
6 Hydrogen atom
7 Spin
8 Systems of identical particles
9 Approximation methods
10 Molecular structure
Appendix A Mathematical formulas
Appendix B Fourier series and Fourier integral
Appendix C Dirac delta function
Appendix D Mermite polynomials
Appendix E Legendre and associated Legendre polynomials
Appendix F Laguerre and associated Laguerre polnomials
Appendix G Series solutions of differential equations
Appendix H Recurrence relation for hydrogen-atom expectation values
Appendix I Matrices
Appendix J Evaluation of two-electron interaction integral