Chapter 2. Theory of Atoms and Molecules

  1. Hasse Fredriksson1 and
  2. Ulla Åkerlind2

Published Online: 28 MAY 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470725368.ch2

Physics of Functional Materials

Physics of Functional Materials

How to Cite

Fredriksson, H. and Åkerlind, U. (2008) Theory of Atoms and Molecules, in Physics of Functional Materials, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470725368.ch2

Author Information

  1. 1

    KTH Stockholm, Sweden

  2. 2

    University of Stockholm, Sweden

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAY 2008
  2. Published Print: 9 MAY 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470517574

Online ISBN: 9780470725368



  • atomic and molecular physics and material structure;
  • Bohr Model of atomic structure;
  • atomic structure quantum mechanical model;
  • wave mechanics and quantum mechanics;
  • Heisenberg's uncertainty principle;
  • Schrödinger equation and single-electron atoms;
  • magnetic quantum number;
  • many-electron atom quantum number;
  • molecular structure - quantum mechanical model


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Bohr Model of Atomic Structure

  • The Quantum Mechanical Model of Atomic Structure

  • Solution of the Schrödinger Equation for Atoms

  • Quantum Mechanics and Probability: Selection Rules

  • The Quantum Mechanical Model of Molecular Structure

  • Diatomic Molecules

  • Polyatomic Molecules

  • Summary

  • Exercises