Introduction to Symmetry and Group Theory for Chemists / Edition 1

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Overview

This book presents to students of introductory physical chemistry the basic principles of symmetry and group theory, and their use in describing and predicting molecular structure and spectra. Symmetry is a crucial determinant of many chemical phenomena, and group theory is the grammar of the language of symmetry. In many cases, simple calculations suffice to explain why certain triatomic molecules are linear and others bent, or why certain transitions do not appear in molecular spectra.

In this book, the aim is understanding the ideas, and skills in application of the principles, rather than mathematical rigour. The book is intended as a supplement for students who want to follow up an interest in and recognition of the importance of group theory, and who seek a short and mathematically relatively undemanding introduction. Exercises appearing throughout the text are integrated with the presentation to give readers confidence in their assimilation of the material.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402021503
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 8/3/2004
  • Edition description: 2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 122
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The relationship between group theory and chemistry 1
2 Symmetry 3
3 Group theory 11
4 Point groups - the symmetry groups of small molecules 15
5 Introduction to linear algebra 23
6 Group representations and character tables 39
7 Molecular vibrations 53
8 Electronic structure of atoms and molecules 65
9 Symmetry properties of molecular orbitals 83
10 Spectroscopy and selection rules 93
11 Molecular orbital theory of planar conjugated molecules 103
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