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By A. R. Edmonds

This e-book deals a concise creation to the angular momentum, some of the most basic amounts in all of quantum mechanics. starting with the quantization of angular momentum, spin angular momentum, and the orbital angular momentum, the writer is going directly to speak about the Clebsch-Gordan coefficients for a two-component method. After constructing the required arithmetic, particularly round tensors and tensor operators, the writer then investigates the 3-j, 6-j, and 9-j symbols. all through, the writer presents functional purposes to atomic, molecular, and nuclear physics. those comprise partial-wave expansions, the emission and absorption of debris, the proton and electron quadrupole second, matrix aspect calculation in perform, and the homes of the symmetrical best molecule.

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If the system consists of two non-interacting parts A and B, each of which has its Lagrangian, then the L of the whole system is equal to the sum of the two Lagrangians: L = LA + LB . 14), it is obvious, that multiplying of the Lagrangian by a constant C does not change them. Hence, for the description of motion, with the same success one can use the function CL . We note that when we consider a single isolated system we can multiply L by different constants. But when we consider different isolated parts of one mechanical system (or different isolated mechanical systems), their Lagrangian functions can not be multiplied by different constants but only with one and the same constant.

The sum T = ∑ mα vα2 2 is the kinetic energy of the system. 4 LAGRANGIAN FUNCTION FOR A SYSTEM OF INTERACTING PARTICLES We shall consider a closed system of particles. In such a system the particles may interact with one another, but they may not interact with other material objects outside the system. The interaction of the particles depends only on their mutual positions. This interaction can be described by a function, which depends on the particle co-ordinates. , rN ) . 27) to which is added the function -U.

The Lagrangian functions of a free particle and a system of noninteracting particles are, respectively L= mv 2 , 2 L =∑ α mα vα2 . 2 28 Chapter  . LAGRANGIAN FUNCTION AND LAGRANGE’S EQUATIONS 29 For particles interacting with potential energy U ( rj ) , the Lagrangian function in Cartesian co-ordinates is L =∑ α mα vα2 − U ( rj ) 2 and in generalized co-ordinates, L ( q j , q j , t ) = T ( q j , q j ) − U ( q j , t ) = ∑ γ kl ( q j ) qk ql − U ( q j , t ). k ,l The Lagrangian function of a charged particle in electromagnetic field depends on the scalar and vector potential of the field: 1  (r , t ) .

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