Molecular Quantum Mechanics (5th edition)

ISBN : 9780199541423

Peter W. Atkins; Ronald S. Friedman
560 ページ
196 x 264 mm
  • Presents a conceptually challenging subject with the clarity and lucidity for which the authors are renowned.
  • Carefully structured explanations and rich pedagogy result in an authoritative and rigorous text which delves deep into the subject without compromising the ease of understanding.
  • Many illuminating figures perfectly complement the articulate prose, and help the reader to grasp often challenging, abstract concepts.
  • Includes many worked examples and end of chapter exercises to enhance the student's learning experience.
  • An Online Resource Centre features additional teaching and learning materials to augment the printed text.

New to this Edition:

  • Heavily rewritten chapter on computational chemistry captures the latest advances in this field.
  • Extended coverage of scattering theory provides more rigorous treatment of this topic.
  • New Mathematical Background sections provide extended accounts of the key mathematical concepts on which the subject draws.
  • Former Appendices now redistributed as Further Information sections at the ends of chapters, to bring these additional materials close to the chapters to which they most closely relate.
  • End of chapter Exercises complement the Problems to help the reader put their learning into practice.
  • Additional learning support introduced throughout, particularly through an increase in the use of Brief Illustrations, and an extensively revised artwork programme.

Quantum mechanics embraces the behaviour of all known forms of matter, including the atoms and molecules from which we, and all living organisms, are composed. Molecular Quantum Mechanics leads us through this absorbing yet challenging subject, exploring the fundamental physical principles that explain how all matter behaves.
With the clarity of exposition and extensive learning features that have established the book as a leading text in the field, Molecular Quantum Mechanics takes us from the foundations of quantum mechanics, through quantum models of atomic, molecular, and electronic structure, and on to discussions of spectroscopy, and the electronic and magnetic properties of molecules. Lucid explanations and illuminating artworks help to visualise the many abstract concepts upon which the subject is built.
Fully updated to reflect the latest advances in computational techniques, and enhanced with more mathematical support and worked examples than ever before, Molecular Quantum Mechanics remains the ultimate resource for those wishing to master this important subject.

"An ideal purchase for undergraduates as it gives a comprehensive coverage of all the topics at this level, offering a great deal of additional insight for those captivated by the quantum world... For those enthusiastic about this field and looking for a more rigorous approach, this text is absolutely superb. The impressive range and depth of topics covered make it a very worthwhile purchase." - Rebecca Ingle, Times Higher Education Supplement

"A must have book that's ideal for every chemistry student to have on their shelf." - Claire Pickering, student, University of Central Lancashire

"Although this is an undergraduate textbook it constitutes quite an advanced course in molecular quantum mechanics. It makes a good introduction to a novice, be they undergraduate or postgraduate, to a wide variety of specialist areas within molecular quantum mechanics." - Stephen H. Ashworth, Contemporary Physics


Introduction and orientation
1: The foundations of quantum mechanics
2: Linear motion and the harmonic oscillator
3: Rotational motion and the hydrogen atom
4: Angular momentum
5: Group theory
6: Techniques of approximation
7: Atomic spectra and atomic structure
8: An introduction to molecular structure
9: Computational chemistry
10: Molecular rotations and vibrations
11: Molecular electronic transitions
12: The electric properties of molecules
13: The magnetic properties of molecules
14: Scattering theory


Peter W. Atkins, Fellow of Lincoln College, University of Oxford, and Ronald S. Friedman, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne, USA