Monday, April 28, 2008


Success in physical chemistry requires a student to do more than just work homework problems (or, in some cases, just looking at the solutions to the homework problems). A knowledge of the fundamental concepts that are threaded throughout the study of quantum systems are absolutely essential to pass this class (for example, multiplicative wavefunctions that lead to additive energies as part of the method of separation of variables). Perhaps what is needed is less of a focus on, say, what might appear on the equation sheet and more on the basic tenets of quantum mechanics.


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