Group theory applied to chemistry / Arnout Jozef Ceulemans

By: Ceulemans, Arnout [author.]Contributor(s): Ohio Library and Information NetworkMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Theoretical chemistry and computational modellingPublisher: Dordrecht : Springer, 2013Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 269 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 940076863X (electronic bk.); 9789400768635 (electronic bk.)Subject(s): Crystallography | Group theory | Symmetry (Physics) | Chemistry | Inorganic Chemistry | Theoretical and Computational ChemistryGenre/Form: Electronic books. DDC classification: 541.2 LOC classification: QD455.3.G75Online resources: Click here to access online | Click here to access online | SpringerLink Connect to resource (off-campus)
Contents:
Operations -- Function spaces and matrices -- Groups -- Representations -- What has quantum chemistry got to do with it? -- Interactions -- Spherical symmetry and spins
In: OhioLINK electronic book center (Online) In: SpringerLinkSummary: 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
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Operations -- Function spaces and matrices -- Groups -- Representations -- What has quantum chemistry got to do with it? -- Interactions -- Spherical symmetry and spins

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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

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