Okay, so what are we going to be doing this week?

Well, we'll start with Max Planck, who's often referred to

as the father of quantum mechanics, because he was the

first to show that energy absorbed or emitted by bodies

was not continuous but composed of discrete packets or quantum.

Following on from this, we come to Albert Einstein who, based on his analysis of the

photoelectric effect, was the first to propose that

energy can be described as particle-like in behavior.

We then move on to Louis de Broglie, who proposed that all moving particles exhibit

wavelike characteristics, and there we have the foundation

of the wave-particle nature of matter and energy.

Next we progress to Erwin Schrodinger, who

developed these ideas into his famous wave equation.

Here, we will try to remove some of the mystique around this equation

by showing that you can decompose it into some simple components and assumptions.

We then move on apply the Schrodinger equation to

some simple systems, such as the part in the

box, and we can clearly see then how the

quantization of energy arises due the imposition of boundary conditions.

We also describe the contributions of Max Born, who

showed that the square of the wave function can be

interpreted as a probability density, and hence it allows

us to interpret the way function solutions alter Schrodinger's equation.

In addition to the video presentations, you also have the opportunity to take some

online quizzes where you can actually test

your performance against our students here at Manchester.

And there's also a formative quiz for you to compete and test yourself.

Okay?

So, you've got a busy week ahead, and I am looking forward

to hearing your views and thoughts on quantum chemistry in the discussion forum.

Have fun, and I'll catch up with

you again at the

start of next week.