# BIP-23806 Atomic Structure

## Course

Credits 6.00

### Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English

### Continuation courses:

BIP-22303 Molecular Structure.

### Contents:

Experimental and theoretical principles of Quantum Mechanics as far as necessary for the understanding of atomic structure. E.g.: particle in a potential well, harmonic oscillator. The course prepares for molecular orbitals, molecular geometry, symmetry, methods of approximation, Huckel theory.

### Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

- apply the concepts of eigenvalue problems, eigenfunction, and eigenvalues

- apply the concept of superposition of eigenfunctions

- apply the concepts of expectation values and standard deviations of measurements in the context of quantum mechanics

- understand the relation between the time-dependent and the time-independent Schrödinger equation

- apply the concepts of the Hamiltonian, wave functions, probability distributions and probability current

- apply the time-independent Schrödinger equation on simple one-dimensional systems

- understand how physical laws together with quantum mechanics lead to atomic orbitals

- determine characteristic properties of atomic orbitals e.g., (the expectation value of) energy, spin, angular momentum, spin-orbit coupling, etc.

- determine optical transitions of atoms and estimate magnitude of the related energy difference / frequency and wavelength of electronic transitions.

### Activities:

Prepare and attend the lectures, preceding the daily tutorials. Learn and understand by exercises, independent and under supervision.

### Examination:

Written test with open questions. The minimum mark for a pass is 5.5.

### Literature:

Atkins, P.; de Paula, J. (2014). Atkins' Physical Chemistry, 10th ed. ISBN 978-0-19-969740-3. Available at the WUR-shop.

The syllabus 'Atomic structure' will be handed out during the first lecture.