Open Yale CoursesCHEM 125: Freshman Organic ChemistryLecture 7 - Quantum Mechanical Kinetic Energy<< previous session| next session >>Overview:After pointing out several discrepancies between electron difference density results and Lewis bondingtheory, the course proceeds to quantum mechanics in search of a fundamental understanding of chemicalbonding. The wave function ψ, which beginning students find confusing, was equally confusing to thephysicists who created quantum mechanics. The Schrödinger equation reckons kinetic energy through theshape of ψ. When ψ curves toward zero, kinetic energy is positive; but when it curves away, kinetic energy isnegative!Problem sets/Reading assignment:Reading assignments, problem sets, PowerPoint presentations, and other resources for this lecture can beaccessed from Professor McBride's on-campus course website, which was developed for his Fall 2008
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