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The Bohr Atom

A guide
Bruce Cameron Reed


All students of physics encounter the Bohr model of the atom. However, it is often covered quickly in order that curricula can progress to wave mechanics. This book gives students and instructors a fuller exploration to Bohr's model. Topics covered include the historical background to the model, Bohr's approach to his original derivation, and corollary issues such as the role of angular momentum in the theory, ionized helium, the correspondence principle, the fine-structure constant, de Broglie matter-waves, application of the theory to the diatomic hydrogen molecule, and the magnetic field created by the orbiting electron. It also includes student exercises, a bibliography, a list of important physical constants, and a survey of Bohr's subsequent life and career.

Key Features 

  • Provides a full historical background to Bohr's model, a detailed derivation, and corollary calculations associated with the model
  • Serves as a supplementary text to undergraduate physics courses
  • Contains exercises, and a list of important physical constants

About Editors

Bruce Cameron Reed is the Charles A Dana Professor of Physics Emeritus at Alma College, Michigan. He holds a PhD in physics from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He has published books on the Manhattan Project, quantum mechanics, and Keplerian ellipses. In 2009, he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his contributions to the history of both the physics and the development of nuclear weapons in the Manhattan Project.

Table of Contents

1 - Preliminaries
2 - The Bohr model I: hydrogenic atoms
3 - The Bohr model II: corollaries
4 - Miscellaneous topics
5 - The 1930s, World War II, fission, the bomb, and politics
Appendix A
Appendix B


Hardback ISBN: 9780750336093

Ebook ISBN: 9780750336116

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-3611-6

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing


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