Variational Principles and Methods in Theoretical Physics and Chemistryby Robert K. Nesbet
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 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.
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Table of ContentsPreface; 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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