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Author Ceulemans, Arnout, author

Title Group theory applied to chemistry / Arnout Jozef Ceulemans
Published Dordrecht : Springer, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 269 pages) : illustrations
Series Theoretical chemistry and computational modelling, 2214-4714
Theoretical chemistry and computational modelling. 2214-4714
Contents Operations -- Function spaces and matrices -- Groups -- Representations -- What has quantum chemistry got to do with it? -- Interactions -- Spherical symmetry and spins
Summary Chemists are used to the operational definition of symmetry, which crystallographers introduced long before the advent of quantum mechanics. The ball-and-stick models of molecules naturally exhibit the symmetrical properties of macroscopic objects. However, the practitioner of quantum chemistry and molecular modeling is not concerned with balls and sticks, but with subatomic particles: nuclei and electrons. This textbook introduces the subtle metaphors which relate our macroscopic understanding of symmetry to the molecular world. It gradually explains how bodily rotations and reflections, which leave all inter-particle distances unaltered, affect the study of molecular phenomena that depend only on these internal distances. It helps readers to acquire the skills to make use of the mathematical tools of group theory for whatever chemical problems they are confronted with in the course of their own research
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed September 9, 2013)
Subject Group theory.
Symmetry (Physics)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9400768621 (print)
940076863X (electronic bk.)
9789400768628 (print)
9789400768635 (electronic bk.)