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Molecular Symmetry

Molecular Symmetry by David Willock
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Symmetry and group theory provide us with a formal method for the description of the geometry of objects by describing the patterns in their structure. In chemistry it is a powerful method that underlies many apparently disparate phenomena. Symmetry allows us to accurately describe the types of bonding that can occur between atoms or groups of atoms in molecules. It also governs the transitions that may occur between energy levels in molecular systems, which in turn allows us to predict the absorption properties of molecules and hence their spectra. 

Molecular Symmetry lays out the formal language used in the area using illustrative examples of particular molecules throughout. It then applies the ideas of symmetry to describe molecular structure, bonding in molecules and consider the implications in spectroscopy.Topics covered include:

  • Symmetry  elements
  • Symmetry operations and products of operations
  • Point groups used with molecules
  • Point group representations, matrices and basis sets
  • Reducible and irreducible representations
  • Applications in vibrational spectroscopy
  • Symmetry in chemical bonding  

Molecular Symmetry is designed to introduce the subject by combining symmetry with spectroscopy in a clear and accessible manner. Each chapter ends with a summary of learning points, a selection of self-test questions, and suggestions for further reading. A set of appendices includes templates for paper models which will help students understand symmetry groups.

Molecular Symmetry is a must-have introduction to this fundamental topic for students of chemistry, and will also find a place on the bookshelves of postgraduates and researchers looking for a broad and modern introduction to the subject

Wiley; February 2009
440 pages; ISBN 9780470747421
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Title: Molecular Symmetry
Author: David Willock
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