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Orbitals in chemistry : modern guide for students
Gil, Victor M. S., 1939-
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
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xii, 314 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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QD461 .G52 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This text presents a unified and up-to-date discussion of the role of atomic and molecular orbitals in chemistry, from the quantum mechanical foundations to recent developments and applications. Abundantly illustrated, the volume critically establishes the relationships between the more formal quantum mechanical formalisms and the traditional chemical descriptions of chemical bonding. It is mathematically less demanding than most traditional quantum chemistry texts, yet still retains clarity and rigor. This volume is an ideal textbook for any course in which chemistry is a significant part.

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Gil (Univ. of Coimbra, Portugal) provides, in an easygoing style, an introductory discussion of the role of atomic and molecular orbitals in chemistry. Although the discussion is primarily qualitative, the clarity of the development from quantum mechanical theory makes this book a valuable addition to the literature for the undergraduate student. The book is not as demanding mathematically as the traditional works on quantum chemistry, and the author uses ample mechanical illustrations to make the text and the development of equations more instructive. The organization of the book consists of an introduction to the fundamentals of quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular orbitals for one-electron systems, molecular orbitals and bonding in diatomic and polyatomic molecules, and direct relations between orbitals and chemical reactivity and orbitals and spectroscopy. The author has interspersed problems within the text at points that correspond with the concept being developed. The bi bliography contains many references to papers on the topic from Journal of Chemical Education. A well-written work, strongly recommended for undergraduate and graduate students as well as professionals. L. S. Smith emeritus, Central State University (OH)

Table of Contents

1 Energy, probability and electrons
2 An introduction to the dynamics of microsystems
3 One electron atoms: atomic orbitals
4 The one electron molecule H2+: molecular orbitals
5 Many electron atoms and the orbital concept
6 Orbitals in diatomic molecules
7 Orbitals in polyatomic molecules
8 Molecular orbitals and electron pair bonding
9 p Molecular orbitals: conjugation and resonance
10 Patterns in localised chemical bonds
11 The concept of molecular orbitals in other systems
12 Orbitals in action