Fundamentals of Quantum Chemistry


  • James House, Illinois State University, USA

An introduction to the principles of quantum mechanics needed in physical chemistry. Mathematical tools are presented and developed as needed and only basic calculus, chemistry, and physics is assumed. Applications include atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, alpha decay, tunneling, and superconductivity. New edition includes sections on perturbation theory, orbital symmetry of diatomic molecules, the Huckel MO method and Woodward/Hoffman rules as well as a new chapter on SCF and Hartree-Fock methods.
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Undergraduate students in physical chemistryBeginning students (graduate or undergraduate) in quantum mechanics


Book information

  • Published: September 2003
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-356771-0


"This is an excellent book to use as an introduction to the techniques and concepts met in theoretical chemistry by undergraduate and beginning graduate students...The organization and style of the book are such that a student would find it easy to read and follow the physical, chemical, and mathematical principles." - Jim McTavish, Liverpool John Moores University "I wish to thank Professor J. E. House for [the first edition] which I found in the Chemistry library here at Columbia. His book is excellent. It states the basics clearly, and he teaches what a new student needs to know. When I read the author's text he seemed like my own professor because he was so generous." -Alison Winfield, Columbia University "[This is a] brief need to know introduction to some of the more important topics in elementary quantum mechanics. Over the years I have used two other books similar to this one, both of which were inferior to House's book." -Kurt Christoffel, Augustana College

Table of Contents

1 The Early Days 2 The Quantum Mechanical Way of Doing Things 3 Particles in Boxes 4 The Hydrogen Atom 5 More Complex Atoms 6 Vibrations and the Harmonic Oscillator 7 Molecular Rotation and Spectroscopy 8 Barrier Penetration 9 Diatomic Molecules 10 Symmetry 11 Hückel Molecular Orbital Methods 12 SCF and Hartree-Fock Methods