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Atomic Spectra (Oxford Chemistry Primers) Paperback – 6 Oct 1994
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This is an excellent book, which should belong on every student's bookshelf. (Chemisch Weekblad)
It was a pleasure to see this short book arrive for review. With less than 100 well laid-out pages, it is not too daunting for undrgraduates. It is well written, with good explanations and a large number of clearly-drawn diagrams. It is also very down to earth ... an excellent little book with much to recommend it for introductory atomic physics courses ... I have no hesitation in recommending it for physics undergraduates. (Dr R.C. Thompson, Contemporary Physics, 1994, Volume 35, number 6)
This primer provides a systematic and rigorous introduction to the spectra and electronic structure of atoms, beginning with the hydrogen atom, and following a logical progression through the alkali metals, and the helium atom, to atoms with many unpaired electrons. Emphasis is placed on the explanation of the observed spectra using elementary quantum theory.See all Product description
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Throughout my first two years I have been constantly going back and using this time and time again.
It starts off with the basics, probably what you will cover in first year, going through Hydrogen and explaining in good detail why spectra is the way it is. It never becomes too mathematical, in fact it always seemed to be that if you found the maths too hard, there would be a good explanation allowing you to understand what the maths is about without understanding the maths! Which is fantastic for chemists!
What is great is that second year topics are covered as well, including many electron spectra. Again this is all very well written and really helps to nail down why spectras are the way they are.
A last note, don't be scared of the quantum part, as it is quite frankly a very good way of explaining it, something which I can't say for the large textbooks!