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Symmetry and Spectroscopy: An Introduction to Vibrational and Electronic Spectroscopy (Dover Books on Chemistry) [Paperback]

Daniel C. Harris , Michael D. Bertolucci
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November 1, 1989 048666144X 978-0486661445
Informal, effective undergraduate-level text introduces vibrational and electronic spectroscopy, presenting applications of group theory to the interpretation of UV, visible, and infrared spectra without assuming a high level of background knowledge. 200 problems with solutions. Numerous illustrations. "A uniform and consistent treatment of the subject matter." — Journal of Chemical Education.

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  • Series: Dover Books on Chemistry
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (November 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048666144X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486661445
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Harris and Bertolucci have written an excellent overview of general spectroscopy theory, appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate students. As a chemist, I found it very helpful as I took introductory quantum mechanics in graduate school and later used it as a practical guide to interpreting and understanding infrared spectra as a graduate student.
For the price, this is one of the best bargains available to students. Consider other Dover publications for great prices as well.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting little cookie of a book... November 16, 2000
This is probably one of the most useful books that deals with the subject of Molecular symmetry and how it applies to the derivation of IR Spectra, Molecular Orbital Theory, and UV VIS spec. Some parts can be sparse (Term symbol section is a little confusing at first go) so it pays to have a good Quant. book next to you... Lots of problems that are all solved. Excellent reference for some basic QM problems as well... Perhaps the best thing about this book is the fact that it is not (expensive).... So if you have the dosh, then go for it and finally figure out Group Theory and how it relates to IR and everything else...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book for beginners February 6, 2005
This is the best book for those who dont have or dont remember any quantum mechanics background. The language is very simple to understand for non english speakers. A good book with low price for personal liabrary.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Dover Bargain in Physical Chemistry March 8, 2008
This book has served as a companion text for courses I've taught in Symmetry and Group Theory and in Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry for the past two years. It provides a solid background for practicing chemists who will use electronic and vibrational spectroscopy in their everyday research, though it is only an introduction for serious spectroscopists. The book adopts an easy conversational tone that appeals to students but doesn't fail to provide an appropriate level of rigor - with one notable exception to be mentioned below. For a students seeking to learn by self-study there is a good supply of problems, with solutions provided, to deepen understanding. The examples are most plentiful in the vibrational spectroscopic sections.

Both photoelectron and UV-Visible spectroscopy are presented, and Harris and Bertolucci do a better job at teaching what electron states are than Cotton does in his well-known "Chemical Applications of Group Theory". Unfortunately, however, electronic spectra of transition metal complexes are given short shrift and ligand-field-theoretic problems are not adequately fleshed out. Equally unfortunate is the fact that the one transition-metal example of vibronic coupling provided in the body of the text is the same example presented by Cotton: the polarized spectra of trans-[Co(en)2Cl2]+ - and the authors have transcribed exactly the same serious error: One of the vibrational modes is wrong and one of the electronic absorption peaks are misassigned as a result.

These problems notwithstanding, this is very good book - I recommend it to students and teachers as an affordable, instructive, and very readable text.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best understandable text! July 24, 2003
By Mohsin
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Although I am an undergraduate physics student but this is one of the best book on the vibrational spectroscopy, I used it to understand the application of the group theory and molecular vibrations.
Harris and Bertolucci wrote the text in a clear way with examples. I am only half way through the book but the way the text is presented, its evident how the rest of the book will be, Clear and to the point. Only minus point is that the character tables are not derived and are given in appendix and it also lacks the representation theory but after all it is a book on Spectroscopy and not on Group theory so I may not complain. In my openion, this book can be compared with Cotton and Bishop and if I have to understand the application of group theory and molecular vibrations I will certainly pick up Harris & Bertolucci.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best July 23, 2007
I bought this book about half way through my postgraduate studies in Physical chemistry, then immediately kicked myself for not buying it earlier. If you're a bit rusty in QM, as I was, then the chapter on QM is worth the price of admission alone, the same could really be said for all of the 5 chapters (Group Theory, QM, Vibrations, MO Theory and Electronic Transitions) though as they are all clear, well constructed, with nice problems (and solutions for most). Great introduction for any aspiring Physical Chemist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent spectroscopy book May 17, 2007
There was really no need for my short review to convince anyone interested or even marginally active in the field of molecular spectroscopy that the SYMMETRY AND SPECTROSCOPY-Introduction to Vibrational and Electronic Spectroscopy by D.C. Harris and M.D. Bertolucci is an excellent presentation of the underlying physical principles, the laws and parameters involved in the measurement and, above all and in accordance with the title, the involvement of symmetry on the appearance of virbrational and electronic spectra.

Recommended, in my opinion, to both students and tutors, and to those interested in the application or the theoretical part of the aforementioned spectroscopic fields.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars loved this book March 28, 2007
I used this book to supplement my molecular spectroscopy course many years ago. As others have noted - very friendly in its tone.

For other classic books in this area look at:

1. Introduction to Molecular Spectroscopy by Gordon M. Barrow, McGraw-Hill, 1962 (You should avoid his more commonly found book with a similar title: The Structure of Molecules: An Introduction to Molecular Spectroscopy, published by W. A. Benjamin, 1964. This book is too simple.)

2. Introduction to Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy by William A. Guillory, Allyn and Bacon, 1977

Check out my other reviews for other chem books.
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it has many useful tables at the end like the direct product multiplication tables. it is overall a great book.
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I took a course in spectroscopy in my undegrad. It was terrible course because of an instructor. Currently, I am reading this book, and a lot of things are clear now. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Valentyn
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it's a very nice book I like it very much.The price is acceptable for students and it's really useful for students who are majoring in spectroscopy
Published on October 3, 2011 by njubei
4.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Love Dan Harris
Filled with fun little quips, the book starts a little heavy (it definitely helps if you already have a basic symmetry background) but eases up as you go. Read more
Published on September 3, 2011 by Keegan L. Gotto
5.0 out of 5 stars compact cover of the basics
the textbook does a great review of group theory for chemist, quantum, and an intro of many types of spectroscopy. Read more
Published on February 7, 2011 by A. Piasecki
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Spec
This was a great book for spectroscopy. Ugly cover but who cares. Good for graduate class unless your at MIT then this is good for junior classes.
Published on May 12, 2009 by Christine Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars simply put
Simply put, this book is MUST HAVE for anyone studying or working with spectroscopy. Whether you study Physical, Analytical, or Inorganic Chemistry, this book is essential. Read more
Published on May 6, 2008 by L. S. Barr
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