University of Colorado Boulder

Quantum Mechanics

This course is part of Statistical Thermodynamics Specialization

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John W. Daily

Instructor: John W. Daily

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  • Describe the relationship between the Schrödinger wave equation and atomic/molecular structural behavior

  • Demonstrate an understanding of modern quantum chemistry numerical solution methods for solving the wave equation

  • Analyze the role of quantum mechanics in explaining atomic and molecular structural behavior

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There are 3 modules in this course

Module 1presents an introduction to quantum mechanics at a level appropriate for those with mechanical or aerospace engineering backgrounds. Using a postulatory approach that describes the steps to follow, the Schrodinger wave equation is derived and it is showen that the time dependence can be separated and a stationary wave equation results.

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4 videos4 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt

In module 2 we solve the stationary wave equation for several simple systems. These include the particle in a box, the rigid rotator, the harmonic oscillator, and the hydrogenic atom. These simple solutions form the basisi for discussing real atomic and molecular behavior in the next module.

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4 videos4 readings1 discussion prompt

In Module 3 we explore the more realistic behavior of atoms and molecules. We also introduce and discuss numerical methods for solving the wave equation.

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6 videos6 readings2 discussion prompts


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