Examples of common quantum mechanical procedures and calculations carried out in Mathcad©
Erica Harvey
Department of Chemistry
Fairmont State University
Fairmont, WV 26554
United States
mail to: eharvey@mail.fscwv.edu



Abstract
For a given function this document provides instruction for using Mathcad to normalize the function, make plots of the probability amplitude and probability density versus position, decide whether or not the function is an eigenfunction of a specified operator and evaluate the eigenvalue if possible, evaluate whether or not the function is orthogonal to another function, calculate an expectation value for some observable using the function, calculate an uncertainty (standard deviation and variance) in the expectation value and calculate the probability of finding a particle, described by the function, in a specified region.
Keywords
Audiences: Upper-Division Undergraduate
Pedagogies: Computer-Based Learning
Domains: Physical Chemistry
Topics: Chemometrics, Mathematics / Symbolic Mathematics, Quantum Chemistry
Documents
File NameDescriptionSoftware TypeSoftware Version
Example_QM_calculations.pdf Read-Only Document
Example_QM_calculations.xmcd Mathcad Computational Document Mathcad
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