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Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory

Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory

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By (author) Alan Vincent

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 202 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 212mm x 18mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 12 March 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0471489395
  • ISBN 13: 9780471489399
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 317,435

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This substantially revised and expanded new edition of the bestselling textbook, addresses the difficulties that can arise with the mathematics that underpins the study of symmetry, and acknowledges that group theory can be a complex concept for students to grasp. Written in a clear, concise manner, the author introduces a series of programmes that help students learn at their own pace and enable to them understand the subject fully. Readers are taken through a series of carefully constructed exercises, designed to simplify the mathematics and give them a full understanding of how this relates to the chemistry. This second edition contains a new chapter on the projection operator method. This is used to calculate the form of the normal modes of vibration of a molecule and the normalised wave functions of hybrid orbitals or molecular orbitals. The features of this book include: aeo A concise, gentle introduction to symmetry and group theory aeo Takes a programmed learning approach aeo New material on projection operators, and the calcultaion of normal modes of vibration and normalised wave functions of orbitals This book is suitable for all students of chemistry taking a first course in symmetry and group theory.

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"the best introduction to the subject, especially for those whose mathematics is weak." ----Chemistry and Industry, 2nd April 2001

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The new edition of this best-selling textbook addresses the difficulties that can arise with the mathematics that underpins the study of symmetry, and acknowledges that group theory can be a complex concept for students to grasp. Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory is based around a series of programmes that help students learn at their own pace and enable them to understand the subject fully. Readers are taken through a series of carefully constructed exercises, designed to simplify the mathematics and give them a full understanding of how this relates to the chemistry. The second edition has been revised and expanded and includes a new chapter on the projection operator method. This is used to calculate the form of the normal modes of vibration of a molecule and the normalised wave functions of hybrid orbitals or molecular orbitals. Features: * A concise, gentle introduction to symmetry and group theory * Takes a programmed learning approach * New material on projection operators, and the calculation of normal modes of vibration and normalised wave functions of orbitals.

Table of contents

Preface to the Second Edition. How to Use the Programmes. Programme 1: Symmetry Elements and Operations. Programme 2: Point Groups. Programme 3: Non--degenerate Representations. Programme 4: Matrices. Programme 5: Degenerate Representations. Programme 6: Applications to Chemical Bonding. Programme 7: Applications to Molecular Vibration. Programme 8: Linear Combinations. Bibliography. Mathematical Data for use with Character Tables. Character Tables for Chemically Important Symmetry Groups.