Synopses & Reviews
The primary focus of this textbook is to introduce the student to vibrational and electronic spectroscopy, presenting the applications of group theory to the interpretation of ultraviolet, visible and infrared spectra without assuming a high level of background knowledge
The text is divided into five chapters which address the fundamentals of group theory, qualitative aspects of quantum mechanics, vibrational spectroscopy, molecular orbital theory and electronic spectroscopy. To make the exposition clear and meaningful, each new concept is applied or illustrated with experimental results as quickly as possible. In addition, each chapter features a large number of relevant problems through which students can test their understanding of text material. These problems are an integral part of the text and sometimes introduce new material. Solutions to the problems (often accompanied by detailed explanations) can be found in an appendix.
Carefully written to provide a solid foundation in spectroscopic analysis, the book devotes significant attention to the interpretation and significance of vibrational and electronic spectra, including good introductory material on Raman and photo-electron spectroscopy, vibronic analysis and transition metal complexes. Moreover, many of the concepts presented clearly here can be easily extended to studies in other fields of chemistry. Also included are numerous helpful figures and line drawings illustrating important concepts.
Synopsis
Informal, effective undergraduate-level text introduces vibrational and electronic spectroscopy, presenting applications of group theory to the interpretation of UV, visible, and infrared spectra without assuming a high level of background knowledge. 200 problems with solutions. Numerous illustrations. "A uniform and consistent treatment of the subject matter." — Journal of Chemical Education.
Table of Contents
0. Opening remarks
1. A chemist's view of group theory
1-1. Introduction
1-2. Symmetry Operations and Molecules
1-3. Groups
1-4. Point Groups
1.5. Classification of Molecules into Point Groups
1-6. Matrix Representation of Symmetry Operations
1-7. Characters and Character Tables
1-8. Decomposition of Reducible Representations and the Direct Product
Additional Problems
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2. A skirmish with quantum mechanics
2-1. Introduction
2-2. Light
2-3. The Postulates of Quantum Mechanics
2-4. Some Simple Illustrations from Quantum Mechanics
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3. Vibrational spectroscopy
3-1. Introduction
3-2. Infrared and Raman Spectra
3-3. Diatomic Molecules
3-4. Transitions between Stationary States
3-5. The Normal Modes of Vibration of Polyatomic Molecules
3-6. Selection Rules and Polarization
3-7. Symmetry Coordinates and Normal Modes
3-8. Stretching Mode Analysis
3-9. Assignment of Real Spectra
3-10. The Resonance Raman Effect
3.-11 Functional Group Analysis
Additional Problems
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4. Molecular orbital theory
4-1 Introduction
4-2 Atoms
4-3 Photoelctron Spectroscopy
4-4 The LCAO Molecular Orbital Method
4-5 Diatomic Molecules
4-6 Polyatomic Molecules
4-7 The Hückel Method
4-8 Transition Metal Complexes
Additional Problems
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5. Electronic spectroscopy
5-1 Introduction
5-2 Another Look at Molecular Vibrations
5-3 Basic Notions
5-4 Selection Rules
5-5 The Electronic Spectra of Some Diatomic Molecules
5-6 The Fate of Absorbed Energy
5-7 "Single Bonds, Double Bonds, and Lone Pairs"
5-8 Vibronic Analysis
5-9 Transition Metal Complexes
5-10 Concluding Remarks
Additional Problems
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Appendices
A. Character tables
B. Direct products
C. Overtones of degenerate vibrations
D. The shapes of atomic orbitals
E. Physical constants
F. Energy conversions
G. Answers to problems
Index