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ERIC Number: EJ912880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Quantum Mechanics for Beginning Physics Students
Schneider, Mark B.
Physics Teacher, v48 n7 p484-486 Oct 2010
The past two decades of attention to introductory physics education has emphasized enhanced development of conceptual understanding to accompany calculational ability. Given this, it is surprising that current texts continue to rely on the Bohr model to develop a flawed intuition, and introduce correct atomic physics on an ad hoc basis. For example, Halliday, Resnick, and Walker describe the origin of atomic quantum numbers as such: "The restrictions on the values of the quantum number for the hydrogen atom, as listed in Table 39-2, are not arbitrary but come out of the solution to Schrodinger's equation." They give no further justification, but do point out the values are in conflict with the predictions of the Bohr model.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A