# Fundamentals of Molecular Symmetry

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Fundamentals of Molecular Symmetry book

# Fundamentals of Molecular Symmetry

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Fundamentals of Molecular Symmetry book

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**Winner of a 2005 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book Award**

Molecular symmetry is an easily applied tool for understanding and predicting many of the properties of molecules. Traditionally, students are taught this subject using point groups derived from the equilibrium geometry of the molecule.

**Fundamentals of Molecular Symmetry** shows how to set up symmetry groups for molecules using the more general idea of energy invariance. It is no more difficult than using molecular geometry and one obtains molecular symmetry groups.

The book provides an introductory description of molecular spectroscopy and quantum mechanics as the foundation for understanding how molecular symmetry is defined and used. The approach taken gives a balanced account of using both point groups and molecular symmetry groups. Usually the point group is only useful for isolated, nonrotating molecules, executing small amplitude vibrations, with no tunneling, in isolated electronic states. However, for the chemical physicist or physical chemist who wishes to go beyond these limitations, the molecular symmetry group is almost always required.

## TABLE OF CONTENTS

part Part 1|110 pages

Spectroscopy and the Quantum States of Molecules

part Part 2|66 pages

Symmetry and Symmetry Groups

part Part 3|177 pages

Applications of Symmetry

chapter Chapter 9|14 pages

#### Nuclear spin, statistical weights and hyperfine structure

chapter Chapter 11|23 pages

#### The symmetry of rotation-vibration wavefunctions

chapter Chapter 12|29 pages

#### Symmetry selection rules for optical transitions

part Part 4|29 pages

Other Symmetries and Symmetry Violation