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ERIC Number: EJ964061
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-2395
Computer Simulations of Quantum Theory of Hydrogen Atom for Natural Science Education Students in a Virtual Lab
Singh, Gurmukh
Journal of Educational Technology Systems, v40 n3 p273-286 2011-2012
The present article is primarily targeted for the advanced college/university undergraduate students of chemistry/physics education, computational physics/chemistry, and computer science. The most recent software system such as MS Visual Studio .NET version 2010 is employed to perform computer simulations for modeling Bohr's quantum theory of hydrogen (H) atom in class-setting of a virtual laboratory. The necessary computer algorithm is developed to compute discrete values of the orbit radius, and stationary energy levels of Bohr's H-atom. More than 2000 computer simulations are performed to investigate the quantum model behavior starting from the ground state of H-atom until we reached the energy continuum. One of the natural consequences of Bohr's model is that it could provide a perfect corroboration of the experimentally observed spectrum of H-atom with that empirically obtained from formulas derived by famous scientists of 19th and 20th centuries. Using old theory of classical electrodynamics, it was not possible to explain the observed line spectrum of H-atom. Bohr's quantum model of H-atom set the stage for the development of a modern branch of physics and chemistry in microscopic world, the so called quantum mechanics and very recently of a new computing technique known as quantum computing. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York