Quantum mechanics is a general theory of the motions, structures, properties, and behaviors of particles of atomic and subatomic dimensions. While quantum mechanics was created in the first third of the twentieth century by a handful of theoretical physicists working on a limited number of problems, it has further developed and is now applied by a great number of people working on a vast range of problems in wide areas of science and technology.
Basic Molecular Quantum Mechanics introduces quantum mechanics by covering the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and some of its most important chemical applications: vibrational and rotational spectroscopy and electronic structure of atoms and molecules. Thoughtfully organized, the author builds up quantum mechanics systematically with each chapter preparing the student for the more advanced chapters and complex applications. Additional features include the following:
- This book presents rigorous and precise explanations of quantum mechanics and mathematical proofs.
- It contains qualitative discussions of key concepts with mathematics presented in the appendices.
- It provides problems and solutions at the end of each chapter to encourage understanding and application.
This book is carefully written to emphasize its applications to chemistry and is a valuable resource for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students specializing in chemistry, in related fields such as chemical engineering and materials science, and in some areas of biology.
Table of Contents
Chapter 01 Toward Quantum Mechanics
Chapter 02 Mathematics for Quantum Mechanics
Chapter 03 The Schrodinger Equation and the Particle-in-a-box
Chapter 04 Wave Functions and Experimental Outcomes
Chapter 05 Commutation Rules and Uncertainty Relations
Chapter 06 Stationary and non-Stationary Quantum States
Chapter 07 The Harmonic Oscillator
Chapter 08 Rigid Rotations and Rotational Angular Momentum
Chapter 09 Diatomic Rotational – Vibrational Spectroscopy
Chapter 10 The Hydrogen-Like Atoms
Chapter 11 Approximation Methods
Chapter 12 Electrons in Atoms
Chapter 13 Molecular Electronic Structure and Chemical Bonding
Appendix A Elements of Classical Dynamics
Appendix B Classical Theory of Diatomic Rotational-Vibrational Motions
Appendix C Solution of the Time-Independent Schrodinger Equation for the One-Dimensional Harmonic Oscillator
Appendix D Solution of the Radial Schrodinger Equation for Hydrogen-Like Atoms
Steven A. Adelman was born and grew up in Chicago. He received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Chemical Physics in 1972. He then became a post-doctoral fellow first at MIT and then at the University of Chicago. In 1975 he joined the Chemistry faculty of Purdue University as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Full Professor in 1981. He is now Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Purdue.
Adelman is a theoretical chemist whose research is centered in the field of statistical mechanics and he has contributed to several areas in that field. His most important contribution is to lay the physical, mathematical and computational foundations of the new field of chemical reaction dynamics in condensed matter, especially reaction dynamics on solid surfaces and in liquid solutions.
Adelman has been awarded both Alfred P. Sloan and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial fellowships. He is a fellow of both the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been listed in Marquis’ Who’s who in America every year since 1985 and has been listed four times in Marquis’ Who’s who in the world.