Arthur M. Lesk
Introduction to Symmetry and Group Theory for Chemists
Kluwer Academic Publishers | ISBN: 140202150X | 2004 | 122 pages | PDF | 2.0 MB
This book presents to students of introductory physical chemistry the basic principles of symmetry and group theory, and their use in describing and predicting molecular structure and spectra. Symmetry is a crucial determinant of many chemical phenomena, and group theory is the grammar of the language of symmetry. In many cases, simple calculations suffice to explain why certain triatomic molecules are linear and others bent, or why certain transitions do not appear in molecular spectra.