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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 5 (2008), Issue 3, Pages 659-662

Schrodinger Equation for the Hydrogen Atom - A Simplified Treatment

L. R. Ganesan and M. Balaji

Department of Chemistry, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College, Chennai, India

Received 4 November 2007; Accepted 2 January 2008

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A simple method is presented here for solving the wave mechanical problem of the hydrogen atom. The normal method of converting the Cartesian coordinates into polar coordinates is tedious and also requires an understanding of the Legendre and Lagurre polynomials. In this paper we are using an alternative method, which requires only minimal familiarity with mathematical concepts and techniques.