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Molecular Quantum Mechanics: An Introduction to Quantum Chemistry Peter   Atkins

Molecular Quantum Mechanics: An Introduction to Quantum Chemistry

Peter Atkins

Published December 28th 1970
ISBN : 9780198551294
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 About the Book 

I know that, in the physics circuit, this book is... well, not exactly frowned upon, but there is some prejudice against it (probably because Peter Atkins is actually a chemistry professor). However, after reading the book, I have come to the conclusion that having any kind of prejudice makes no sense.Molecular quantum mechanics is an excellent book and, despite the opinion in some circles, is well suited to fit the needs of a student taking courses in Atomic and/or Molecular physics. I especially liked the slow build-up - the first three chapters are devoted entirely to freshening up the knowledge one has left after the standard courses of Quantum mechanics. That kind of intro eliminates the need to consult other books first, which is, from a practical viewpoint, very nice.Then with the fourth chapter, the real stuff kicks in. For my course, I didnt have to read the whole book, but from what Ive read, I got a favorable impression. Ill try not to rave too much, but there is so much I really liked about this book. The approach to angular momentum, coupled and uncoupled basis, the detailed explanation of spectral terms and how to construct them, how to split them into levels, what happens in an external field, then MOLCAO... Each topic has been done in detail, and in very simple and understandable language. There are many examples sprinkled liberally throughout the text, and self-test sections, too. Both of them have been proven, at least in my case, very useful in discerning whether or not I have comprehended whats going on. The margins are also wonderfully done, not only with illustrations, but with little math reminders here and there.All in all, Im very fond of Molecular quantum mechanics and I wish other physics students would take it up, if not as the primary textbook, then as a supplementary read. (Im quite aware that some calculations are omitted here - like for the ionized hydrogen molecule - but that didnt detract me from enjoying the book.)