Fundamentals of Quantum Chemistry

Fundamentals of Quantum Chemistry

2nd Edition - September 10, 2003

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  • Author: James House
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080507040

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Fundamentals of Quantum Chemistry is 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.

Key Features

  • This revised text clearly presents basic quantum mechanics for students in chemistry
  • Separate sections treat needed mathematical techniques. Presents complete mathematical details of derivations
  • Contains applications of quantum mechanics to a broad range of problems in spectroscopy and molecular structure

New in this Edition:

  • A new chapter on molecular orbital calculations (extended Hückel and self-consistent field)
  • A significant number of additional figures and improvements to existing figures
  • New exercises, plus answers for selected problems
  • Now includes the photoelectric effect, the perturbation treatment of the helium atom, orbital symmetry and chemical reactions, and molecular term symbols
  • Careful and extensive edits throughout the text improve clarity and correct minor errors


Undergraduate students in physical chemistry, Beginning students (graduate or undergraduate) in quantum mechanics

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. More Complete Molecular Orbital Methods

Product details

  • No. of pages: 291
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2003
  • Published: September 10, 2003
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080507040

About the Author

James House

J.E. House is Scholar in Residence, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Illinois State University. He received BS and MA degrees from Southern Illinois University and the PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana. In his 32 years at Illinois State, he taught a variety of courses in inorganic and physical chemistry. He has authored almost 150 publications in chemistry journals, many dealing with reactions in solid materials, as well as books on chemical kinetics, quantum mechanics, and inorganic chemistry. He was elected Professor of the Year in 2011 by the student body at Illinois Wesleyan University. He has also been elected to the Southern Illinois University Chemistry Alumni Hall of Fame. He is the Series Editor for Elsevier's Developments in Physical & Theoretical Chemistry series, and a member of the editorial board of The Chemical Educator.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Illinois State University, Normal, IL; and Scholar in Residence, Chemistry, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL, USA

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