Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics, Third Edition is a clear and detailed introduction to quantum mechanics and its applications in chemistry and physics. All required math is clearly explained, including intermediate steps in derivations, and concise review of the math is included in the text at appropriate points. Most of the elementary quantum mechanical models-including particles in boxes, rigid rotor, harmonic oscillator, barrier penetration, hydrogen atom-are clearly and completely presented. Applications of these models to selected "real world" topics are also included.
This new edition includes many new topics such as band theory and heat capacity of solids, spectroscopy of molecules and complexes (including applications to ligand field theory), and small molecules of astrophysical interest.
J.E. House is Scholar in Residence, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Illinois State University. He received BS and MA degrees from Southern Illinois University and the PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana. In his 32 years at Illinois State, he taught a variety of courses in inorganic and physical chemistry. He has authored almost 150 publications in chemistry journals, many dealing with reactions in solid materials, as well as books on chemical kinetics, quantum mechanics, and inorganic chemistry. He was elected Professor of the Year in 2011 by the student body at Illinois Wesleyan University. He is the Series Editor for Elsevier's Developments in Physical & Theoretical Chemistry series, and a member of the editorial board of The Chemical Educator.
1. Origins of Quantum Theory 2. The Methods of Quantum Mechanics 3. Particles in Boxes 4. The Hydrogen Atom 5. Structure and Properties of More Complex Atoms 6. Vibrations and the Harmonic Oscillator 7. Molecular Rotation and Spectroscopy 8. Bonding and Properties of Diatomic Molecules 9. The Huckel Molecular Orbital Method 10. Molecular Structure and Symmetry 11. Molecular Spectroscopy 12. Spectroscopy of Metal Complexes 13. Barrier Penetration 14. Comments on Computational Methods