This text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students guides the reader through a smooth progression from the most elementary ideas of molecular orbital theory to an understanding of the electronic structure, geometry, and reactivity of large molecules. It starts with simple molecules and proceeds to relatively large organometallic complexes. The slant is theoretical, but in the last chapter the authors strengthen the link between theory and experiment. Focusing on basic concepts, the authors take a qualitative approach, which enables this text to fill a void in the undergraduate curriculum. The book is intended as a core or supplementary text in an advanced chemistry course.
For advanced undergraduates and graduate students, this textbook guides the reader through a progression from the most elementary ideas of molecular orbital theory to an understanding of the electronic structure, geometry, and reactivity of larger molecules. A substantial part of the book is associated with the mechanics of the assembly of molecular orbit diagrams, the basis of understanding the electronic structure of molecules. A qualitative approach based on symmetry and overlap ideas is the focus of the presentation. Many illustrations are included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)