Born-Oppenheimer method


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Born-Oppenheimer method

[¦bȯrn ′äp·ən‚hīm·ər ‚meth·əd]
(physical chemistry)
A method for calculating the force constants between atoms by assuming that the electron motion is so fast compared with the nuclear motions that the electrons follow the motions of the nuclei adiabatically.
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Prior to these discoveries, the use of approximation in traditional quantum mechanical models was well known and used, such as the Born-Oppenheimer method [2].