1st Edition

Chemical Applications of Symmetry and Group Theory

ISBN 9781774637043
Published March 31, 2021 by Apple Academic Press
392 Pages 272 B/W Illustrations

USD $54.95

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Book Description

As the structure and behavior of molecules and crystals depend on their different symmetries, group theory becomes an essential tool in many important areas of chemistry. It is a quite powerful theoretical tool to predict many basic as well as some characteristic properties of molecules. Whereas quantum mechanics provide solutions of some chemical problems on the basis of complicated mathematics, group theory puts forward these solutions in a very simplified and fascinating manner.

Group theory has been successfully applied to many chemical problems. Students and teachers of chemical sciences have an invisible fear from this subject due to the difficulty with the mathematical jugglery. An active sixth dimension is required to understand the concept as well as to apply it to solve the problems of chemistry. This book avoids mathematical complications and presents group theory so that it is accessible to students as well as faculty and researchers.

Chemical Applications of Symmetry and Group Theory discusses different applications to chemical problems with suitable examples. The book develops the concept of symmetry and group theory, representation of group, its applications to I.R. and Raman spectroscopy, U.V spectroscopy, bonding theories like molecular orbital theory, ligand field theory, hybridization, and more. Figures are included so that reader can visualize the symmetry, symmetry elements, and operations.

Table of Contents


Point Groups

Group Theory


Character Tables


Molecular Orbital Theory

Molecular Vibrations

\Coordination Compounds and Others

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"A comprehensive view of the subject starting from basics to applications. All fundamental aspects are fulfilled to facilitate the understanding of molecular symmetry with the help of simplified expressions and well-labelled diagrams and sketches. This book will be popular among inorganic, organic and physical chemists to their understanding of basic principles involved in the molecular symmetry. It is said that group theory/molecular symmetry is a bunch of complicated mathematical expressions, but the authors of this book have taken care to simplify them for learners/students and teachers also."

—Prof. N. S. Bhave, Former Professor, Department of Chemistry, RSTM Nagpur University, Nagpur, India