Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Arthur M. Lesk
    Pages 3-10
  3. Arthur M. Lesk
    Pages 11-14
  4. Arthur M. Lesk
    Pages 23-37
  5. Arthur M. Lesk
    Pages 39-51
  6. Arthur M. Lesk
    Pages 53-64
  7. Arthur M. Lesk
    Pages 65-82
  8. Arthur M. Lesk
    Pages 93-102
  9. Arthur M. Lesk
    Pages 119-120
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 121-122

About this book


This book is based on a one-semester course for advanced undergraduates specializing in physical chemistry. I am aware that the mathematical training of most science majors is more heavily weighted towards analysis – typ- ally calculus and differential equations – than towards algebra. But it remains my conviction that the basic ideas and applications of group theory are not only vital, but not dif?cult to learn, even though a formal mathematical setting with emphasis on rigor and completeness is not the place where most chemists would feel most comfortable in learning them. The presentation here is short, and limited to those aspects of symmetry and group theory that are directly useful in interpreting molecular structure and spectroscopy. Nevertheless I hope that the reader will begin to sense some of the beauty of the subject. Symmetry is at the heart of our understanding of the physical laws of nature. If a reader is happy with what appears in this book, I must count this a success. But if the book motivates a reader to move deeper into the subject, I shall be grati?ed.


Group representation Group theory Point group Symmetry group character table diatomic molecule molecule physical chemistry spectra spectroscopy

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6600-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-2151-0
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