|After this course, you |
- are able to carry out the basic analysis of quantum-mechanical energy levels and wavefunctions of the hydrogen atom
- can explain the structure of the periodic table, and are able to derive the electron configuration terms of the elements
- are able to apply matrix mechanics and perturbation theory to do quantum mechanical calculations
- know the quantum-mechanical description of rotations and the properties of the angular momentum operator
This course gives a broad introduction into the basics of quantum mechanics (QM) and its applications to the electronic structure of small systems. In part 2 we will extend the basic principles learned in part 1 to include rotations, and will combine all in the quantum mechanical description of the hydrogen atom. Using the solutions of the Schrodinger equation for the hydrogen as a basis, we will explain the electronic structure of the elements in terms of atomic orbitals, their possible configurations and terms, to make clear how the periodic table is formed.