This little book is a brief introduction to the quantum theory for chemists. In it, the author keeps as close to experiment as possible, and to ideas that are familiar to chemists.

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This little book is a brief introduction to the quantum theory for chemists. In it, the author keeps as close to experiment as possible, and to ideas that are familiar to chemists.

The quantum theory is used in chemistry to make accurate calculations of chemical processes, and to provide approximate explanations of chemical phenomena. In this book, the author gradually builds up the principles behind accurate calculations, while also discussing the results of more approximate treatments.

- Acknowledgements

- Introduction
- Background
- Emission spectra
- Energies of atoms
- Wave-like behaviour
- Wave mechanics
- Schrödinger’s theory of hydrogen atom
- Dirac’s theory of hydrogen atom
- Modified Schrödinger theory of hydrogen atom
- Modified Schrödinger theory of other atoms
- Modified Schrödinger theory of molecules
- Valence-bond (VB) theory
- Ligand-field theory
- Density functional theory (DFT)
- Perspective on the quantum theory
- Further reading

- Questions
- Answers
- Appendix