The Born-Oppenheimer Approximation and H2+ 
The Born-Oppenheimer Approximation and H2+
by UC Irvine
Video Lecture 22 of 28
Copyright Information: Shaka, A.J. Quantum Principles 131A (UCI OpenCourseWare: University of California, Irvine), [January 20, 2015]. License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. (
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Lecture Description

Recorded on March 03, 2014.

Index of Topics:
1:03 The Born-Oppenheimer Approximation
4:09 Notation
6:14 Born-Oppenheimer Approximation
7:55 The Wavefunction Factorizes
9:52 The Electronic Hamiltonian
11:06 Potential Surfaces
12:43 H2+
22:43 Variational Approach For H2+
28:39 Matrix Elements
32:06 The Energy Functional
34:13 Applying the Variational Principle
41:04 Back to H2+
42:28 Practice Problem 28

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Course Description

This course provides an introduction to quantum mechanics and principles of quantum chemistry with applications to nuclear motions and the electronic structure of the hydrogen atom. It also examines the Schrödinger equation and study how it describes the behavior of very light particles, the quantum description of rotating and vibrating molecules is compared to the classical description, and the quantum description of the electronic structure of atoms is studied.


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