Quantum Chemistry 2nd Edition

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This text is a bargain in more ways than one. --Journal of the American Chemical Society

The strong points of the book are what one might expect from McQuarrie: very clear mathematical derivations and excellent problems. --David Case, UC Davis

About the Author

As the author of landmark chemistry books and textbooks, Donald McQuarrie's name is synonymous with excellence in chemical education. From his classic text on Statistical Mechanics to his recent quantum-first tour de force on Physical Chemistry, McQuarrie's best selling textbooks are highly acclaimed by the chemistry community. McQuarrie received his PhD from the University of Oregon, and is Professor Emeritus from the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Davis. He makes his home at The Sea Ranch in California with his wife Carole, where he continues to write.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 690 pages
  • Publisher: University Science Books; 2 edition (August 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891389505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891389504
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By chemstudent on February 25, 2012
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after a semester of suffering through atkins physical chemistry 9th edition for thermodynamics, I really like the fact that my instructor decided to use quantum chemistry written by mcquarrie for the quantum part of pchem. Mcquarrie definitely is a better writer than atkins, whose writing/explanations leaves students more confused with his habit of pulling equations out of thin air with no explanation and "it is what it is" attitude.

McQuarrie's book states that it was written in such a way that you should do alright with just a basic level of calculus. While that might be true, I think you'd have to be pretty good at math in general to do well in pchem. For an intro quantum book, I think mcquarrie's is the best option out there and it's no wonder it's been around for 20+ years.

The book was also written with latex so the writing is very neat. The book cover is also very conservative and professional looking, resembling that of a reference book that you might keep on your shelf one day.

Only con, the binding of this book SUCKS...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By we are 138 on January 3, 2008
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I used this book as a supplement to Levine in an honors Pchem class. All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by the readability of McQuarrie's text. The material is clearly presented, the progression is very well structured. McQuarrie's lightweight presentation and mathematical asides made my journey through the material relatively smooth and rapid; a refreshing breeze after the heavy roaring of Levine's more exacting and thorough treatment of the subject.

As a bonus for those of us who like to learn by doing, a very well written and comprehensive solution manual is available for the text.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Francisco Garza on June 10, 2011
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I've always thought that if you master a subject should be able to explain easily. That is the case with this book. The author not only dominates the issues, but in this edition features chapters of math, beautifully described, to help understand the rest of the book. Whether you work with semiconductors, solar cells, conductive polymers, nanoscience or, in general, want to learn solid state physics, this book is essential in your library. I use it as a textbook in a graduate course entitled: Functional properties of crystals. This course is taken from physical to chemical engineers and geologists, and the book is helpful regardless of specialty.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ben C. on December 10, 2010
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This book is a well written introduction to quantum chemistry. I recommend it highly for undergrads taking their first quantum course. It probably could be used to help with a Modern Physics course as well. As a chem major it worked well for me during my first exposure to quantum. Actually enjoyable and worthwhile to read even if it does not have as much depth as it could.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CMelnychuk on January 9, 2015
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Overall, this is a wonderful text for an undergraduate chemist's introduction to quantum mechanics. The writing and derivations are clear, figures are thoughtfully used, the progression of the chapters is logical, and the index is relatively comprehensive; this makes for a very readable and useful book to both learn from and use as a quick reference. Another reviewer described the chapters as a series of well-prepared lectures in book form, and I think this is an accurate description. The end-of-chapter problems are also fantastic. There are tons of them, and they span the spectrum from short and easy variations of in-chapter examples to full-fledged proofs. In the longer, difficult problems and proofs the author walks the student through the process by breaking them the problems into steps with hints and commentary, almost as a good tutor would to nudge a student in the right direction.

Compared to a physics text, it spends much more time on atomic/molecular applications of quantum mechanics. Chemical bonding, for example, is covered in detail (for an undergrad book). On the flip side, some other really interesting applications are left out. The mathematical rigor is roughly equivalent to that of the Griffiths book.

Overall, the book is very good, so I want to point out a few things that I didn't care for.
1) Some important interesting concepts and problems are left to the problems. Tunneling, for example, was introduced in a long-form problem that went something like this: "The idea of quantum mechanical tunneling can be demonstrated by a wave incident on a potential energy step (shows a picture). Tunneling is important in a variety of chemical processes. (gives the equations you need, tells what they mean). Now solve for blah blah blah.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Howard on June 11, 2013
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McQuarrie's Quantum Chemistry, 2nd Edition is an excellent text for introducing serious students to quantum mechanics, applied to chemistry. The academic level of the writing is appropriate to such students, and the quality of the back-of-the-chapter problems is excellent. One can learn much more detail by working the back-of-the-chapter problems than simply by reading the text. I would recommend this text to any junior-level physical chemistry student, who is serious about learning quantum chemistry. Being serious about learning quantum chemistry means having a willingness to work long math problems and to put some effort into learning the material. If a student is not serious about learning quantum chemistry, then there are other textbooks less focused on math and more on the general concepts that such a student could use.
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