Next: Classical Harmonic Oscillator
The harmonic oscillator is extremely useful in chemistry as a model for the
vibrational motion in a diatomic molecule. Polyatomic molecules can
be modeled by coupled harmonic oscillators. The atoms are viewed as point
masses which are connected by bonds which act (approximately) like springs
obeying Hooke's law. In these notes we will review the classical harmonic
oscillator problem and then discuss the quantum harmonic oscillator.