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Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy I

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The book covers the physical-chemistry aspects of quantum mechanics and spectroscopy of a typical university degree in chemistry, chemical-physics, chemical engineering, biology or biochemistry.
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The book covers the physical-chemistry aspects of quantum mechanics and spectroscopy in years 1–3 of a typical university degree in chemistry, chemical-physics, chemical engineering, biology or biochemistry. The lectures, tutorials and laboratory experiments I developed and gave on quantum mechanics and spectroscopy to our first, second and third year chemistry students over many years at the Chemistry Department, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland have formed the basis for book. The feedback from students was an important part of this process. The book is also a useful reference source for graduates in their later professional careers. The book has a companion text which has tutorial and workshop questions with full and complete solutions including considerable extra background material that clarifies the solutions.

  1. Quantum Mechanics
    1. The Failures of Classical Mechanics
    2. Wave-Particle Duality of Light
    3. The Bohr Model for the Hydrogen Atom
    4. The Wave-Particle Duality of Matter, the de Broglie Equation
    5. Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principles
    6. Physical Meaning of the Wavefunction of a Particle
    7. Schrödinger’s Wave Equation
    8. Comparison of Matter and Light
    9. Spectroscopy and Specific Selection Rules
  2. Pure Rotational Spectroscopy
    1. Rigid Rotor Model for a Diatomic Molecule
    2. Specific Selection Rule for Pure Rotational Spectroscopy
    3. Gross Section Rule for Pure Rotational Spectroscopy
    4. Rotational Motion of Polyatomic Molecules
    5. Intensities of Rotational Lines
  3. Pure Vibrational Spectroscopy
    1. Simple Harmonic Oscillator (SHO) Model for a Vibrating Bond
    2. Anharmonic Model for a Vibrating Molecule
    3. Hot Band Transitions
    4. Vibrational Spectra of Polyatomic Molecules
  4. Vibration-Rotation Spectroscopy
    1. Selection Rules for Vibration-Rotation Transitions
    2. Rotations and Nuclear Statistics
  5. Raman Spectroscopy
    1. Rotational Raman Scattering
    2. Vibrational Raman Scattering
    3. Advantages and Applications of Raman Scattering
  6. Atomic Spectroscopy
    1. Analytical Applications of Atomic Spectroscopy
    2. Atomic Quantum Numbers
    3. Term Symbols, Selection Rules and Spectra of Atoms
    4. Hund’s Rules for Finding the Lower Energy Terms
  7. Electronic Spectra
    1. Term Symbols and Selection Rules for Diatomic Molecules
    2. Vibrational Progressions
    3. Electronic Spectra of Polyatomic Molecules
    4. Decay of Electronically Excited Molecules
    5. Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Molecules
  8. References
  9. List of Formulae
  10. Description of the Text
I am pleased to recommend the two books on "Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy" to undergraduate students in chemistry and engineering. The books are well written and cover the most important spectroscopy aspects and their relationships with quantum mechanics. However, the two books are missing important and significant concepts of quantum mechanics and are lacking the mathematical framework. For these reasons, I would encourage undergraduate students in mathematics and physics to consider these two books as a very "early" introduction to quantum mechanics or spectroscopy. Advanced formal textbooks are required to graduate students taking classes in quantum mechanics and related areas. Solved problems are an important resource to faculty. They will help undergraduate students learning how to exploit quantum mechanics to analyze and understand the outcome of various spectroscopic experiments. To conclude, a very good approach to quantum mechanics and related spectroscopies for undergraduate students and their faculty.
Nice elementary and basic introduction to quantum mechanics. May help gifted high school and undergraduate students understanding the basic elements of quantum mechanics and the rudiments of modern spectroscopy. Mathematical formalism is kept as low as possible. May be used by colleges and universities as an 1xxx or 2xxx class.
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About the Author

J. E. Parker

I have 39 years experience of teaching chemists, biologists, pharmacists, chemical engineers and other engineers at Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh. My published research from 1966 onwards is in the area of physical chemistry, especially chemical kinetics, spectroscopy, statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, computational chemistry and the use of mass spectrometric techniques to study single-collision elementary reactions. I published also in analytical chemistry specializing in the fundamental aspects of mass spectrometry. My teaching was mostly in physical chemistry for years one to four of BSc and year five MChem undergraduates and PhD postgraduate students using combinations of lectures, tutorials and lab classes. I realized the importance of maths and in order to help students I taught maths to first year chemists for several years. I believe that maths has to be presented in context emphasizing the applications in chemistry, physics, and biology for students to grasp its significance and importance in science and engineering. I have published five books with running to a total of nine editions in total. I hope you enjoy and find my books useful.

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