Mathematics for Chemistry & Physics

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Chemistry and physics share a common mathematical foundation. From elementary calculus to vector analysis and group theory, Mathematics for Chemistry and Physics aims to provide a comprehensive reference for students and researchers pursuing these scientific fields. The book is based on the authors many classroom experience.

Designed as a reference text, Mathematics for Chemistry and Physics will prove beneficial for students at all university levels in chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, and theoretical biology. Although this book is not computer-based, many references to current applications are included, providing the background to what goes on "behind the screen" in computer experiments.

Audience: Undergraduate and graduate students in chemistry, chemical physics, materials science, and physics. Researchers in chemistry/physics and theoretical biologists.

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Taking a reference rather than a textbook approach to the subject, this book uses mathematics to tie chemistry and physics. It reviews elementary calculus before moving on to cover vector analysis, differential equations, group theory, approximation methods, integral transforms, and numerical methods. Quantitatively correct 3D pictures of atomic orbitals are included. Turrell taught physical chemistry at the University of Sciences and Technology at Lille, France. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780127050515
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 12/20/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 0.94 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Variables and Functions 1
2 Limits, Derivatives and Series 19
3 Integration 43
4 Vector Analysis 63
5 Ordinary Differential Equations 85
6 Partial Differential Equations 119
7 Operators and Matrices 149
8 Group Theory 181
9 Molecular Mechanics 215
10 Probability and Statistics 245
11 Integral Transforms 271
12 Approximation Methods in Quantum Mechanics 287
13 Numerical Analysis 325
App. I The Greek alphabet 349
App. II Dimensions and units 351
App. III Atomic orbitals 355
App. IV Radial wavefunctions for hydrogenlike species 361
App. V The Laplacian operator in spherical coordinates 363
App. VI The divergence theorem 367
App. VII Determination of the molecular symmetry group 369
App. VIII Character tables for some of the more common point groups 373
App. IX Matrix elements for the harmonic oscillator 385
App. X Further reading 387
Author index 393
Subject index 395
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