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Fundamentals of Quantum Chemistry, Second Edition (Complementary Science) Paperback – September 24, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0123567710 ISBN-10: 0123567718 Edition: 2nd

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  • Series: Complementary Science
  • Paperback: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 2 edition (September 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123567718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123567710
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is an excellent book to use as an introduction to the techniques and concepts met in theoretical chemistry by undergraduate and beginning graduate students...The organization and style of the book are such that a student would find it easy to read and follow the physical, chemical, and mathematical principles."
- Jim McTavish, Liverpool John Moores University

"I wish to thank Professor J. E. House for [the first edition] which I found in the Chemistry library here at Columbia. His book is excellent. It states the basics clearly, and he teaches what a new student needs to know. When I read the author's text he seemed like my own professor because he was so generous."
-Alison Winfield, Columbia University

"[This is a] brief need to know introduction to some of the more important topics in elementary quantum mechanics. Over the years I have used two other books similar to this one, both of which were inferior to House's book."
-Kurt Christoffel, Augustana College

About the Author

James E. House is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Illinois State University, where he taught for 32 years. His teaching included a wide range of courses in general chemistry, inorganic chemistry, chemical kinetics, and special topics courses in solid state, nuclear, and descriptive chemistry. He also served as Visiting Professor of Chemistry and Advanced Studies at the University of Illinois in 1991 and Visiting Professor at Illinois Wesleyan University in 1997 and 2002. His research led to 135 publications in professional journals, many of them dealing with kinetics of reactions in solids. House was also active in the Illinois Academy of Sciences. He served as its President in 1976 and as Editor of the Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Sciences for five years and is an elected Fellow of the Academy. He is included in American Men and Women of Science, Who's Who in Technology, and Outstanding Educators of America (1972). In recent years, House has become interested in airguns, which led to his book American Air Rifles (Krause, 2001). He is on the editorial boards of two magazines in that field and writes for several others.

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Well, almost! The second edition of this outstanding little self study text "nearly" gets us to a real QUANTITATIVE intro to QM without differential equations or linear algebra. The author says all you need is two semesters of calculus-- and true to his word, he very carefully explains the narrow little area of LA he does bring in (determinants) and on the few occasions where ODE's are a MUST, he steps through them at an AP High School/ Undergrad level. PDE's are limited to "well, you DO have to hold this variable constant to solve for the other" (ok, that's "of the essence" of QM)-- again, explained in painstaking detail so we don't get lost.

If you're one of those folks like me that snoops out previous editions, makes sure there aren't too many changes, then buys them for a penny from Amazon/Goodwill-- the two "other" criteria are-- is there missing media, and how different IS the new update vs. the old price? In this case, I can't find the original website, but this edition added answers to selected problems at the end, making it much better for self study than the previous edition. The other criteria for prior editions is you have to be sure they haven't skyrocketed due to scarcity or as a collector's item, and indeed House's first has in a few cases (it actually has a different title): Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics (Complementary Science). At this writing a few are selling for over $200 and a few are still out there used for $20, however, realize the answers to the questions are in THIS edition!!

So how do you simply change a title from Mechanics to Chemistry? Is there a difference?
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