Introductory Quantum Chemistry

Indian Institute of Science Bangalore

The course will introduce quantum mechanics as applied to chemistry and would be structured such that B.Sc. students can follow, provided they have familiarity with differential equations.

Course topics:

  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics: wave particle duality, uncertainty principle, standing waves, stationary states, atomic orbitals, path integrals and random walks.
  • Postulates of Quantum Mechanics.
  • Particle in a box, particle in a box of finite depth.
  • The free particle, and the derivation of the uncertainty principle.
  • Particle encountering a barrier, tunnelling. Tunnelling in chemistry.
  • Particle in a ring.
  • The Harmonic Oscillator.
  • Particle on a sphere.
  • The Hydrogen Atom.
  • The variation and perturbation method.
  • Time depedent problems.
  • Hydrogen Molecule ion, Born Oppenheimer approximation, LCAOMO method.
Course Lectures