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Chemists are used to the operational definition of symmetry, which crystallographers brought lengthy earlier than the arrival of quantum mechanics. The ball-and-stick types of molecules evidently express the symmetrical houses of macroscopic gadgets. even if, the practitioner of quantum chemistry and molecular modeling isn't really concerned about balls and sticks, yet with subatomic debris: nuclei and electrons. This textbook introduces the delicate metaphors which relate our macroscopic realizing of symmetry to the molecular international. It steadily explains how physically rotations and reflections, which go away all inter-particle distances unaltered, impact the examine of molecular phenomena that rely in simple terms on those inner distances. It is helping readers to procure the abilities to use the mathematical instruments of staff idea for no matter what chemical difficulties they're faced with during their very own research.

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Some Special Groups . . . . . . Subgroups . . . . . . . . . Cosets . . . . . . . . . . Classes . . . . . . . . . . Overview of the Point Groups . . . . Spherical Symmetry and the Platonic Solids Cylindrical Symmetries . . . . . . 8 Rotational Groups and Chiral Molecules . 9 Applications: Magnetic and Electric Fields . 10 Problems . . . . . . . . . . References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Spherical Symmetry and the Platonic Solids Cylindrical Symmetries . . . . . . 8 Rotational Groups and Chiral Molecules . 9 Applications: Magnetic and Electric Fields . 10 Problems . . . . . . . . . . References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The 2D analogue of a polyhedron is a polygon. In a regular polygon all vertices, edges, and angles between adjacent edges are identical. A 2D plane can be tessellated in identical regular polygons, which then form a covering of the plane. In how many ways can this be performed? Why is the order of a rotational axis of a polyhedral object always an integer? Prove that a halving subgroup is always a normal subgroup. Determine the point group of a soccer ball, a tennis ball, a basketball, and a trefoil knot.

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