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So far, our discussion has been nonmathematical. Ignoring mathematics, however, does not necessarily make things easier. Group theory is the mathematical apparatus for describing symmetry operations. It facilitates the understanding and the use of symmetries. It may not even be possible to successfully attack some complex problems without the use of group theory. Besides, groups are fascinating.
KeywordsIrreducible Representation Point Group Symmetry Operation Reducible Representation Character Table
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