ERIC Number: EJ1048327
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Introduction to Density Functional Theory: Calculations by Hand on the Helium Atom
Baseden, Kyle A.; Tye, Jesse W.
Journal of Chemical Education, v91 n12 p2116-2123 Dec 2014
Density functional theory (DFT) is a type of electronic structure calculation that has rapidly gained popularity. In this article, we provide a step-by-step demonstration of a DFT calculation by hand on the helium atom using Slater's X-Alpha exchange functional on a single Gaussian-type orbital to represent the atomic wave function. This DFT calculation is compared and contrasted with a Hartree-Fock calculation on the same system. This information is accessible by advanced undergraduate students studying physical chemistry or calculus-based physics.
Descriptors: Demonstrations (Educational), Computation, Science Activities, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Undergraduate Students, Chemistry, Calculus, Physics, Computer Uses in Education, College Science, Molecular Structure, Equations (Mathematics), Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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