Ideas of Quantum Chemistry


  • Lucjan Piela, Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Pasteura 1, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland Email:
  • Lucjan Piela, Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Pasteura 1, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland Email:

Ideas of Quantum Chemistry shows how quantum mechanics is applied to chemistry to give it a theoretical foundation. The structure of the book (a TREE-form) emphasizes the logical relationships between various topics, facts and methods. It shows the reader which parts of the text are needed for understanding specific aspects of the subject matter. Interspersed throughout the text are short biographies of key scientists and their contributions to the development of the field.Ideas of Quantum Chemistry has both textbook and reference work aspects. Like a textbook, the material is organized into digestable sections with each chapter following the same structure. It answers frequently asked questions and highlights the most important conclusions and the essential mathematical formulae in the text. In its reference aspects, it has a broader range than traditional quantum chemistry books and reviews virtually all of the pertinent literature. It is useful both for beginners as well as specialists in advanced topics of quantum chemistry. The book is supplemented by an appendix on the Internet.
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For chemistry undergraduates and graduates, professors, researchers and in particular those studying quantum chemistry - from beginners to professionals. Also beneficial to those involved in biology, biotechnology, physics, astronomy, material sciences.


Book information

  • Published: November 2006
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-52227-6

Table of Contents

1. The Magic of Quantum Mechanics 2. Schroedinger Equation 3. Beyond the Schroedinger Equation 4. Exact Solutions - our Beacons 5. Two Fundamental Approximate Methods 6. Separation of Electronic and Nuclear Motions 7. Motion of the Nuclei 8. Electronic Motion in the Mean Field: Atoms and Molecules9. Electronic Motion in the Mean Field: Periodic Systems 10. Correlation of the Electronic Motions 11. Electronic Motion: Density Functional Theory 12. Molecule in Electric or Magnetic Fields 13. Intermolecular Interactions 14. Intermolecular Motion of Nuclei And Electrons: Chemical Reactions 15. Information Processing - Mission of Chemistry