Orbitals: With Applications In Atomic Spectra (Revised Edition)

Charles Stuart Mccaw

Format: Print Book

ISBN: 9781786348852

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'Without being an explicitly philosophical treatise Chas McCaw's book delves into some of the deepest and most difficult aspects of atomic physics and chemistry and its underlying quantum mechanical account … One of the many strengths of the book under review is that it takes a rigorous and unflinching look at the necessary mathematical details. In addition, the author, who is the Head of Science at Winchester College in the UK, provides as many as 107 exercises which are interspersed throughout the main text. The detailed solutions are given at the end of the book, over a sequence of about 50 pages.'
Foundations of Chemistry
Orbitals: With Applications in Atomic Spectra describes atomic orbitals at a level suitable for undergraduates in chemistry. The mathematical treatment is brought to life by many illustrations rendered from mathematical functions (no artists' impressions), including three-dimensional plots of angular functions, showing orbital phase, and contour plots of the wavefunctions that result from orbital hybridisation.This revised edition includes new discussion of the origins of the colour of gold and the 'accidental degeneracy' of the hydrogen atom subshells, a new figure, a new exercise and worked solution, as well as several new references. It also contains current and accurate updates to the old edition.Orbitals extends the key fundamental quantum properties to many-electron atoms, linear combinations of atomic orbitals, simple molecules, delocalised systems and atomic spectroscopy. By focusing on simple model systems, use of analogies and avoiding group theory, results are obtained from initial postulates without the need for sophisticated mathematics. The book explains topics from first principles and guides the reader carefully through the necessary mathematics, supplemented by worked solutions to problems.

Format: Paperback
No of Pages: 280
Imprint: World Scientific Publishing Europe Ltd
Publication date: 20200415
Series: Essential Textbooks In Chemistry

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