Elementary Methods of Molecular Quantum Mechanics book cover

Elementary Methods of Molecular Quantum Mechanics

Elementary Methods of Molecular Quantum Mechanics shows the methods of molecular quantum mechanics for graduate University students of Chemistry and Physics. This readable book teaches in detail the mathematical methods needed to do working applications in molecular quantum mechanics, as a preliminary step before using commercial programmes doing quantum chemistry calculations.This book aims to bridge the gap between the classic Coulson’s Valence, where application of wave mechanical principles to valence theory is presented in a fully non-mathematical way, and McWeeny’s Methods of Molecular Quantum Mechanics, where recent advances in the application of quantum mechanical methods to molecular problems are presented at a research level in a full mathematical way. Many examples and mathematical points are given as problems at the end of each chapter, with a hint for their solution. Solutions are then worked out in detail in the last section of each Chapter.

For students in chemical physics, theoretical and quantum chemistry also graduate students of chemistry/physics and undergraduate students of physical sciences


Published: November 2006

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-444-52778-3


  • 1. Basic principles of quantum mechanics
    2. Elementary matrix methods
    3. The particle in the box
    4. The hydrogen-like system
    5. The variation method
    6. The electron spin
    7. Many-electron wavefunctions: Slater, Hartree-Fockand related methods
    8. Molecular symmetry and group theoretical methods
    9. Angular momentum methods for atoms
    10. Valence bond methods and the chemical bond
    11. Rayleigh-Schroedinger perturbation methodsfor stationary states
    12. Atomic and molecular interactions
    13. Evaluation of molecular integrals over STOs


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