Quantum Mechanics
Schrodinger equation
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Angular momentum
1. Definitions
1. Moment:
Moment of force (often just moment) = torque
he moment may be thought of as a measure of the tendency of the
force to cause rotation about an imaginary axis through a point.
2. Momentum:
power residing in a moving object
Momentum is sometimes referred to as linear momentum to
distinguish it from the related subject of angular momentum.
Like energy and linear momentum, angular momentum in an isolated
system is conserved.
The angular momentum (L) is defined as the cross product
of the position vector (r) and the linear momentum vector (p) of
a paticle of mass m (m) and velocity (v); that is :
p = m v, and L = r x p
In quantum mechanics angular momentum is quantized.
We dfined p as:
P =  i ℏ∂/∂r
Therefore:
L =  i ℏ r x ∂/∂r
Using Cartesian coordinates, yields:
We have:
Lx =  i ℏ(y ∂/∂z  z ∂/∂y)
Ly =  i ℏ(z ∂/∂x  x ∂/∂z)
Lz =  i ℏ(x ∂/∂y  y ∂/∂x)
2. Commutation relations
Different components of the angular momentum do not
commute with another while all of
The components Lx, Ly, and Lz of L commute with
the square L^{2} of L. But the components do not
commute with each other.
L^{2} = Lx^{2} + Ly^{2} + Lz^{2}
[L^{2}, Lx] = [L^{2}, Ly] = [L^{2}, Lz] = 0
[Lx, Ly] = iℏLz
[Ly, Lz] = iℏLx
[Lz, Lx] = iℏLy
3. Expression of L^{2} in spherical coordinates:
Using the related spherical coordinates:
∂/∂x = sin θ cos φ (∂/∂r) +
cos φcos& theta;/r (∂/∂θ)  sin φ/ρ (∂/∂φ)
∂/∂y = sin θ sin φ (∂/∂r) + sin φ cosθ/r (∂/∂θ) +
cos φ/r sinθ (∂/∂φ)
∂/∂z = cos θ (∂/∂r)  sinθ/r (∂/∂θ)
We have:
Lx = iℏ [sin φ ∂/∂θ + (cosφ/tanθ) ∂/∂φ]
Ly = iℏ [ cos φ ∂/∂θ + (sinφ/tanθ) ∂/∂φ]
Lz =  iℏ ∂/∂φ
We obtain:
L^{2} = ℏ^{2}[(1/sinθ) ∂/∂θ (sin θ ∂/∂θ) + (1/sin^{2}θ) ∂^{2}/∂φ^{2} ]
That's what we have assumed at the equation (1.7) in:
when we separated the Schrodinger equation, and have written A^{2} = L^{2}/ℏ^{2}

