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The Chemical Educator

ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 16 (2011) pp 272-274

Aspects of Quantum Mechanics Clarified by Lateral Thinking

Ying Liu, Yue Liu†,*,Michael G. B. Drew

†College of Chemistry and Life Science, Shenyang Normal University, Shenyang, P. R. China, 110034, ‡School of Chemistry, The University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AD, UK,
Received July 5, 2011. Accepted September 19, 2011.

Published: 7 October 2011

Abstract. Connecting different concepts is very important in bringing new perspectives to established principles and is often related to lateral thinking. Lateral thinking often provides old contents with interesting new light that motivates students to become more effective in exploring chemical knowledge and understanding. The usefulness of lateral thinking is here demonstrated by three aspects of traditional quantum mechanics in which we provide original thoughts in traditional fields.

Key Words: In the Classroom; physical chemistry; superposition principle; symmetry-adaption; localized and delocalized orbitals; lateral thinking

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