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Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory: A Programmed Introduction to Chemical Applications, 2nd Edition

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Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory: A Programmed Introduction to Chemical Applications, 2nd Edition

Alan Vincent

ISBN: 978-1-118-72338-8 June 2013 224 Pages

Description

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:
* A concise, gentle introduction to symmetry and group theory
* Takes a programmed learning approach
* 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.
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.
The new edition has been revised and expanded, and now includes a new chapter on the projection operator and the calculation of the form of the normal modes of vibration of the molecule and the normalised wave functions of hybrid orbitals or MOs.
"the best introduction to the subject, especially for those whose mathematics is weak." (Chemistry and Industry, 2nd April 2001)

".I recommend this book..." (Education in Chemistry, September 2002)

  • Revision of a classic bestseller
  • Concise, gentle introduction to symmetry and group theory
  • Takes a programmed learning approach
  • New internal design
  • New material on projection operators, and the calculation of normal modes of vibration and normalised wave functions of hybrid orbitals.