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Quantum Chemistry [Hardcover]

Donald A. McQuarrie
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August 15, 2007 1891389505 978-1891389504 2
After twenty-four years in print, Don McQuarrie has now updated his landmark "Quantum Chemistry". Perhaps the biggest change in the years since the first edition is the proliferation of computational chemistry programs that calculate molecular properties. McQuarrie has presented step-by-step SCF calculations of a helium atom in Chapter 9 and a hydrogen molecule in Chapter 10, in addition to including an entire chapter on the Hartree-Fock method and post-Hartree-Fock methods for the calculation of molecular properties. The book also uses problems to encourage the use of an invaluable National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) website that lists experimental data and the results of various ab initio calculations for hundreds of molecules.

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Editorial Reviews


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.

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: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavier than Atkins, lighter than Levine 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
4.0 out of 5 stars decent book for intro to quantum 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great undergrad quantum book December 10, 2010
By Ben C.
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly readable March 8, 2014
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OK, folks, this is THE book you want to buy (along with the Solutions Manual) if you ever want to learn QC.
For a little more math and rigor, just toss in a copy of Levine (7th Edition) and you are good to go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good June 23, 2013
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Good buy. Explanations are concise and the math is shown clearly. Will be a good reference book for a long time. Shipped quickly too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Chemists! October 11, 2009
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This book explains the quantum chemistry starting with basic concepts in quantum mechanics and makes chemists life easy for understanding more complex systems. I'm currently in my junior year and it helps me a lot in my quantum chemistry course!
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