Principles of Quantum Mechanics: As Applied to Chemistry and Chemical Physics 1st Edition

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"Whoever is looking for a solid, pedagogically very well constructed, and easy to read introduction to quantum mechanics for chemists, chemical physicists, and molecular physicists will find it here. The good readability with simultaneous mathematical rigor... the book is an excellent textbook, from which students of chemistry and chemical physics can acquire necessary quantum-mechanical understanding and rigor. Also can be highly recommended to instructors for preparation of lectures." /s Zeitschrift fur Physikalische Chemie, vol 214, issue #9, 2000

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Quantum behavior encompasses a large fraction of modern science and technology, including the laws of chemistry and the properties of crystals, semiconductors, superconductors, and superfluids. Applications of quantum mechanics give us transistors, computer chips and lasers. The relatively new field of molecular biology, which leads to our better understanding of biological structures and life processes, derives from quantum considerations. This book presents the basic principles of quantum mechanics using modern mathematical concepts and techniques, particularly as applied to chemistry and chemical physics.
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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (August 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521658411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521658416
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,900,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Despite its title, this book contains few applications to chemistry. What distinguishes it from most QM texts is the absence of physics-specific applications like solid state, and the careful, step-by-step process by which the author derives results. I'd recommend it to anyone (chemist, physicist, whatever) who wants to know nonrelativistic quantum theory. It's also a handy reference for a few subjects that have wide use outside QM, like group velocity and spherical harmonics. The style is a bit dry, and I doubt that I'll ever read it cover to cover, but as a textbook it's hard to beat.
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By Gary Cline on November 5, 2012
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I recently received this book and it had way better explanations for math concepts than any of my physics or math textbooks, if you are having trouble with Fourier series or Dirac delta function you may want a copy of this book lying around.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Corey A. Taylor on October 23, 2001
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This is exactly what I was looking for when I wanted to put a face to some of the more complex theories and physics that I've been studying on my own about the fundamentals of some string and quantum mechanics theories. He starts from the beginning and goes nice and fast, however its nice small steps he takes, you can read it at any pace but its a LOT packed into it. I'm just glad he was able to finish it without going crazy :) Thanks for taking the time to split up the math and put it all together into one source. This makes it much easier to apply some theory with this kind of background. The math is easily layed out and forshadowed. the formulas and values are explained as they are used and each propogation is shown and explained. It assumes knowledge of physics but explains anyway. I'm not a graduate student, but I can understand it anway, great work.
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