Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics

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The Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics provides a clear exposition of the principles of quantum mechanics and its applications for chemistry students. In easy-to-understand terminology, the reader is taken from the early developments in physics that led to quantum mechanics through topics that are essential to understanding modern chemistry and physics. Only a basic knowledge of calculus and introductory chemistry is required. The book is designed for self-study and provides fully developed mathematical details. It stresses the applications of the harmonic oscillator, rigid rotor, barrier penetration, and hydrogen atom models. Topics dealing with chemical bonding, symmetry, and molecular orbitals provide the background necessary for the study of quantum mechanics at a more advanced level.

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"The book is an excellent introduction to quantum mechanics and quantum chemistry for undergraduate students, written at an intermediate level and therefore very suitable for a one semester course as part of the physical chemistry sequence. In particular, I liked the fact that the author has written the book with a broad multi-disciplinary audience in mind." -- DR. RAMA VISWANATHAN, Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin

"Perhaps the great strength of this [book] is the author's ability to take what is often perceived as an abstract field of study and relate this material to practical applications." -- CLARKE W. EARLY, Kent State University

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"Perhaps the greatest strength of this [book] is the author's ability to take what is often perceived as an abstract field of study and relate this material to practical applications." --CLARKE W. EARLY, Kent State University

The Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics is written with the student in mind, providing a clear exposition of the principles of quantum mechanics and its applications. In easy-to-understand terminology, the reader is taken from the early developments in physics that led to quantum mechanics through topics that are essential to understanding modern chemistry and physics. Only a knowledge of calculus and basic chemistry is required. The book is designed for self-study and provides fully-developed mathematical details. It stresses the applications of the harmonic oscillator, rigid rotor, barrier penetration, and hydrogen atom models. Topics dealing with chemical bonding, symmetry, and molecular orbitals provide the background necessary for the study of quantum mechanics at a more advanced level.

KEY FEATURES

· Presents the principles of quantum mechanics and their applications in a clear, readable manner

· Designed for self-study

· Provides full development of mathematical details and derivations

· Stresses multiple applications of the quantum mechanical models and methods

· Develops expertise needed for more advanced study

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

J.E. House is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Illinois State University where he has been a faculty member since 1966. In prior years, he was a faculty member at Western Kentucky University and also worked in the chemical industry. He has served as Visiting Professor of Chemistry and Advanced Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana. His undergraduate work was done at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and he received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana, where he was a National Science Foundation Science Faculty Fellow. Dr. House is a past president of the Illinois State Academy of Sciences and an elected Fellow in the Academy. He has been selected for inclusion in Outstanding Educators of America, Who's Who in Technology, American Men and Women of Science, and is a member of Sigma Xi. He is the author or co-author of over 135 publications in professional journals and a textbook on chemical kinetics.

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. Symmetry. Huckel Molecular Orbital Calculations. Subject Index.

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