A Brief Review of Elementary Quantum Chemistry

Written by: C. David Sherrill (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Online quantum chemistry textbook written by C. David Sherrill, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology. It was created as part of a resource for college students at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. This textbook has been adopted by colleges around the world and has also helped more than a few high school students get a head start on their classmates.

Table of Contents

The Motivation for Quantum Mechanics
The Ultraviolet Catastrophe
The Photoelectric Effect
Quantization of Electronic Angular Momentum
Wave-Particle Duality
The Schrödinger Equation
The Time-Independent Schrödinger Equation
The Time-Dependent Schrödinger Equation
Mathematical Background
Commutators in Quantum Mechanics
Linear Vector Spaces in Quantum Mechanics
Postulates of Quantum Mechanics
Some Analytically Soluble Problems
The Particle in a Box
The Harmonic Oscillator
The Rigid Rotor
The Hydrogen Atom
Approximate Methods
Perturbation Theory
The Variational Method
Molecular Quantum Mechanics
The Molecular Hamiltonian
The Born-Oppenheimer Approximation
Separation of the Nuclear Hamiltonian
Solving the Electronic Eigenvalue Problem
The Nature of Many-Electron Wavefunctions
Matrix Mechanics

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