Quantum Chemistry

Quantum Chemistry

2nd Edition - June 29, 1993

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  • Author: John Lowe
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080515540

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Praised for its appealing writing style and clear pedagogy, Lowe's Quantum Chemistry is now available in its Second Edition as a text for senior undergraduate- and graduate-level chemistry students. The book assumes little mathematical or physical sophistication and emphasizes an understanding of the techniques and results of quantum chemistry, thus enabling students to comprehend much of the current chemical literature in which quantum chemical methods or concepts are used as tools. The book begins with a six-chapter introduction of standard one-dimensional systems, the hydrogen atom, many-electron atoms, and principles of quantum mechanics. It then provides thorough treatments of variation and perturbation methods, group theory, ab initio theory, Huckel and extended Huckel methods, qualitative MO theory, and MO theory of periodic systems. Chapters are completed with exercises to facilitate self-study. Solutions to selected exercises are included.

Key Features

  • Assumes little mathematical or physical sophistication
  • Emphasizes understanding of the techniques and results of quantum chemistry
  • Includes improved coverage of time-dependent phenomena, term symbols, and molecular rotation and vibration
  • Provides a new chapter on molecular orbital theory of periodic systems
  • Features new exercise sets with solutions
  • Includes a helpful new appendix that compiles angular momentum rules from operator algebra


Upper-level undergraduate and first-year graduate chemistry students taking quantum chemistry; physical chemists; and organic and inorganic chemists

Table of Contents

  • 1. Classical Waves and the Time-Independent Schridinger Wave Equation.
    2. Quantum Mechanics of Some Simple Systems.
    3. The One-Dimensional Harmonic Oscillator.
    4. The Hydrogenlike Ion, Angular Momentum, and the Rigid Rotor.
    5. Many-Electron Atoms.
    6. Postulates and Theorems of Quantum Mechanics.
    7. The Variation Method.
    8. The Simple Huckel Method and Applications. 9. Matrix Formulation of the Linear Variation Method.
    10. The Extended Huckel Method.
    11. The SCF-LCAO-MO Method and Extensions.
    12. Time-Independent Rayleigh-Schridinger Perturbation Theory.
    13. Group Theory.
    14. Qualitative Molecular Orbital Theory.
    15. Molecular Orbital Theory of Periodic Systems.

    1. Useful Integrals.
    2. Determinants.
    3. Evaluation of the Coulomb Repulsion Integral over 1s AOs.
    4. Angular Momentum Rules from Operator Algebra. 5. The Pairing Theorem.
    6. Huckel Molecular Orbital Energies, Coefficients, Electron Densities, and Bond Orders for Some Simple Molecules.
    7. Derivation of the Hartree-Fock Equation.
    8. The Virial Theorem for Atoms and Diatomic Molecules.
    9. Bra-Ket Notation.
    10. Values of Some Useful Constants and Conversion Factors.
    11. Group Theoretical Charts and Tables.
    12. Hints for Solving Selected Problems.
    13. Answers to Selected Problems.


    Chapter References.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 711
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2012
  • Published: June 29, 1993
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080515540

About the Author

John Lowe

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The Pennsylvania State University

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