Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, Second Edition, provides an accessible, fully-updated introduction to the principles of quantum mechanics. It outlines the fundamental concepts of quantum theory, discusses how these arose from classic experiments in chemistry and physics, and presents the quantum-mechanical foundations of many key scientific techniques.
Beginning with a solid introduction to the key principles underpinning quantum mechanics in Part 1, the book goes on to expand this in Part 2, where fundamental concepts such as differing types of molecular structures, bonds and behaviours are discussed. Finally, Part 3 discusses applications of this quantum mechanical theory across a number of important fields, including new chapters on Density Functional Theory, Statistical Thermodynamics and Quantum Computing
Drawing on the extensive experience of its expert author, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, Second Edition, is a reliable introduction to the principles of quantum mechanics for anyone new to the field, and a useful refresher on fundamental knowledge and latest developments for anyone more experienced in the field.
- Fully updated to reflect recent developments in Quantum Theory and its applications
- Includes new chapters on Special Functions, Density Functional Theory, Statistical Thermodynamics and Quantum Computers
- Presents additional problems and exercises to further support learning
Part 1: Introductory principles of Quantum Mechanics 1. Atoms and Photons 2. Waves and Particles 3. Simple Systems 4. Principles of Quantum Mechanics 5. Special Functions
Part 2: Fundamental concepts in Quantum Mechanics 6. Harmonic Oscillator 7. Angular Momentum 8. Hydrogen Atom 9. Helium Atom 10. Atomic Structure 11. The Chemical Bond 12. Diatomic Molecules 13. Polyatomic Molecules
Part 3: Applications of Quantum Mechanics 14. Density Functional Theory 15. Molecular Symmetry 16. Molecular Spectroscopy 17. Statistical Thermodynamics 18. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 19. Quantum Computers
S.M. Blinder is a Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a telecommuting senior scientist with Wolfram Research in Champaign, Illinois. His research interests within the fields of theoretical chemistry and mathematical physics have included applications of quantum mechanics to atomic and molecular structure, theory and applications of Coulomb Propagators, structure and self-energy of the electron, supersymmetric quantum mechanics, and quantum computers. He is the author of four books and over 200 journal articles in theoretical chemistry and mathematical physics.