The Chemical Educator

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 40–43 | Cite as

Atomic Variational Calculations: Hydrogen to Boron

  • Frank Rioux
In the Classroom


Relatively simple quantum mechanical calculations are described for atoms and ions up to boron. The calculations employ scaled hydrogenic orbitals and can be completed with or without the aid of a computer. Given the simplicity of the trial wave functions the agreement with experiment is satisfactory.


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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistrySt. John’s University, College of St. BenedictSt. Joseph

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