Introductory Group Theory

and Its Application to Molecular Structure

  • John R. Ferraro
  • Joseph S. Ziomek

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. John R. Ferraro, Joseph S. Ziomek
    Pages 1-8
  3. John R. Ferraro, Joseph S. Ziomek
    Pages 9-26
  4. John R. Ferraro, Joseph S. Ziomek
    Pages 27-36
  5. John R. Ferraro, Joseph S. Ziomek
    Pages 37-55
  6. John R. Ferraro, Joseph S. Ziomek
    Pages 57-127
  7. John R. Ferraro, Joseph S. Ziomek
    Pages 129-133
  8. John R. Ferraro, Joseph S. Ziomek
    Pages 181-207
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 209-240

About this book


This volume is a consequence of a series of seminars presented by the authors at the Infrared Spectroscopy Institute, Canisius College, Buffalo, New York, over the last nine years. Many participants on an intermediate level lacked a sufficient background in mathematics and quantum mechan­ ics, and it became evident that a non mathematical or nearly nonmathe­ matical approach would be necessary. The lectures were designed to fill this need and proved very successful. As a result of the interest that was developed in this approach, it was decided to write this book. The text is intended for scientists and students with only limited theore­ tical background in spectroscopy, but who are sincerely interested in the interpretation of molecular spectra. The book develops the detailed selection rules for fundamentals, combinations, and overtones for molecules in several point groups. Detailed procedures used in carrying out the normal coordinate treatment for several molecules are also presented. Numerous examples from the literature illustrate the use of group theory in the in­ terpretation of molecular spectra and in the determination of molecular structure.


Group theory Mathematica Point group Volume character table design finite group group mathematics normal coordinate selection

Authors and affiliations

  • John R. Ferraro
    • 1
  • Joseph S. Ziomek
    • 2
  1. 1.Argonne National LaboratoryArgonneUSA
  2. 2.Illinois Institute of Technology Research InstituteChicagoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Plenum Press 1969
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-7185-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4821-8
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