"A very useful addition to the chemical literature." — Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Designed to aid students and teachers in advanced physical chemistry, spectroscopy, or quantum chemistry courses, this carefully written book is unique in the variety of problems covered and the detail of the solutions provided.
The book consists of 12 chapters, each of which includes a short introduction, followed by approximately 20 problems with detailed solutions. Also provided in each chapter are approximately 10 "supplementary" problems, with answers but no solutions. Chapter headings include:
Atomic Physics and the Old Quantum Theory
Waves and Superposition
Postulates and Formalism of Quantum Mechanics
Simple Exactly Soluble Problems in Wave Mechanics
Perturbation and Variation Theory
Electronic Structure of Atoms
Electronic Structure of Molecules
Radiation and Matter
Assuming some facility with calculus, mechanics, and electricity and magnetism, the authors offer thorough and up-to-date coverage of both modern subject matter and standard topics. Interspersed among classic examples are lucid applications involving such topics as Fourier transforms, Poisson brackets, uncertainty, the virial theorem, van der Waals forces, lasers, tunneling, group theory, and the Born approximation. Students will also find 10 helpful appendixes covering a range of mathematical topics, a list of references cited in solutions to the problems, and a Subject Index.
With its unique variety of problems, unusually detailed solutions, and wide range of applications, this book not only expounds the principles of quantum theory but also helps students develop the proper intuition for solving problems in a complex and subtle field of endeavor.