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The authors present the advantages and disadvantages of introducing quantum elements of metal physics into the curriculum of engineering studies. On the one hand, the rapid development of new technologies forces future engineers to acquaint with the foundations of quantum theory of metals, but on the other hand, these theories use complex mathematical formalism, which requires additional hours in the physics program. What is more, not all quantum theories lead to correct results. This paper presents the foundations of two quantum theories that lead directly to analytical equations: free electron theory and Hartree-Fock theory. Then, using the theoretical equations, we calculate the bulk modulus of the metals and compare the obtained results with experiment. Then we analyze the causes of discrepancies occurring in both theories.

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quantum elements of metal physics, free electron theory, Hartree-Fock theory


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