Variational Principles and Methods in Theoretical Physics and Chemistry

Variational Principles and Methods in Theoretical Physics and Chemistry

by Robert K. Nesbet
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521675758

ISBN-13: 9780521675758

Pub. Date: 07/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book consolidates and brings up to date the variational theory and methods currently used in many branches of theoretical physics and chemistry. The text surveys essential ideas and methods, concentrating on theory as used in applications rather than on fine points of rigorous mathematics. Essential concepts are developed in a common notation and from a uniform

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This book consolidates and brings up to date the variational theory and methods currently used in many branches of theoretical physics and chemistry. The text surveys essential ideas and methods, concentrating on theory as used in applications rather than on fine points of rigorous mathematics. Essential concepts are developed in a common notation and from a uniform critical point of view. Examples of important applications are reviewed in sufficient detail to provide the reader with a critical understanding of context and methodology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521675758
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2005
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Classical Mathematics and Physics: 1. History of variational theory; 2. Classical mechanics; 3. Applied mathematics; Part II. Bound States in Quantum Mechanics: 4. Time-independent quantum mechanics; 5. Independent-electron models; 6. Time-dependent theory and linear response; Part III. Continuum States and Scattering Theory: 7. Multiple scattering theory for molecules and solids; 8. Variational methods for continuum states; 9. Electron-impact rovibrational excitation of molecules; Part IV. Field Theories: 10. Relativistic Lagrangian theories.

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