A simple algebraic method, which is as easy to use as the angular momentum algebra, is demonstrated as a pedagogical way to solve certain central force problems exactly. Solutions for the hydrogen atom and the three-dimensional isotropic harmonic oscillator are presented together with a discussion of the limits of the method.
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September 01 2002
An algebraic method for solving central force problems
T. H. Cooke;
T. H. Cooke, J. L. Wood; An algebraic method for solving central force problems. Am. J. Phys. 1 September 2002; 70 (9): 945–950. https://doi.org/10.1119/1.1491262
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