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Born-Oppenheimer approximation

Atkins did a good job on explaining what parametric dependence of the electronic wave function (and electronic energy) on nuclear coordinates is, but failed to mention that in the derivation of the ...
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Inorganic chemistry handbook with reaction lists

An Intro in Russian edition of Reactivity of Inorganic Substances by Lidin et al. claims its uniqueness: Настоящее пособие носит информационно-справочный характер, не имеет аналогов в отечественной и ...
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Why is the IUPAC definition of adsorption so different from other definitions?

The IUPAC defintion isn't more limited than the ones you've read. Instead, it is more general. Your confusion results from not being familiar with the term "condensed phase". You think a ...
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Looking for an old (1950s) "chemical experiments" book

The book I sought, and a compilation of similar books I've found the book! It is Chemical Magic, by Kenneth M. Swezey, McGraw-Hill, 1956. All the experiments I remember are there. There are quite a ...
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Looking for an old (1950s) "chemical experiments" book

There are 2 books in German which inspired me to become Chemist. I had them in the late 70s. "Chemische Experiemnte, die gelingen" (Chemical experiments which succeed) and "Organische Chemie im ...
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Inorganic chemistry handbook with reaction lists

I am not aware of a list like this however, the biggest database on Earth of inorganic materials/reactions is the Gmelin Handbuch der Anorganische Chemie. Obviously in German since late 1770s and ...
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A Book on Preparation and Reactions of organic compounds

For example, why do we chose Nickel as the catalyst other than anything else to prepare ethane by catalytic hydrogenation of ethene? Palladium is expensive ($690~\$\mathrm{US}/\mathrm {oz.tr}; 1~\...
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Resources for learning Chemistry

References about Nomenclature Successful communication requires an agreed set of definitions compiled as nomenclature. An example for such compilations are IUPAC's Color Books, named by the color of ...
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References for Transition State Theory and Quantum Transtion State Theory

There are many sources that you can check out, in particular the reviews of Truhlar: Current Status of Transition-State Theory by Truhlar et al. This article was used in my undergraduate course of ...
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Introductory chemistry book with calculus prerequisite

Most introductory physical chemistry courses and books don't rely very heavily on prior chemistry knowledge, and there is quite some math to do there. I think you can start most subjects there ...
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Good collection of images showing periodicity of the Table?

I have an entire chapter regarding periodicity in my textbook. Have a look at the images in it: Atomic Radius: Ionization Enthalpies: A summary of periodic trends: These are the pictures in my ...
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Equivalent of Szabo and Ostlund book for DFT

I can recommend the book of Yang and Parr, although I am not sure it deals with plane wave bases at all. In principle, a DFT code is not really different from a HF code. In fact, you can use exactly ...
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Is there a "Comprehensive Solid State" book?

I think the closest comprehensive analogical literature source for solid state materials to the aforementioned series like Elsevier's Comprehensive Coordination Chemistry II, Elsevier's Comprehensive ...
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What are chemicals that will create a similar reaction to baking soda and vinegar for my book?

Some pretty interesting ideas in chemistry have been preceded by dreams. A good mystery novel could be the beginning of a career. Well, the colored gases are listed on Wikipedia (also colors of some ...
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Where to find a look-up table for mechanical properties of thermoplastics?

I suggest MatWeb: MatWeb's searchable database of material properties includes data sheets of thermoplastic and thermoset polymers such as ABS, nylon, polycarbonate, polyester, polyethylene and ...
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Equivalent of Szabo and Ostlund book for DFT

Two of the books that I found close to your needs (i.e. not a basic intro but a detailed implementation including programming and algorithm) are the following: Ab initio molecular dynamics by Marx ...
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Book about biochemistry for physicist

Your question will probably get closed because any answer is going to be an opinion. Instead of recommending a book-I'll shed a little light on what your journey will be like. The Subject(s) Your ...
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How often is the IUPAC Goldbook Updated?

As various users have contributed to the arrival of this answer, it goes to the community. Firstly, the IUPAC is the authority of chemistry, which decides on and accepts terminology for ...
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Editions of IUPAC Green Book

Wikipedia reads: The third edition of the Green Book (ISBN 978-0-85404-433-7) was first published by IUPAC in 2007. A second printing of the third edition was released in 2008; this printing made ...
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Why is the IUPAC definition of adsorption so different from other definitions?

In a short email correspondence with the IUPAC, where I raised these issues, I was told that efforts are being made to revise the Gold Book. Jim McQuillan, COB of the Commission on Physiochemical ...
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Fundamentals of mathematics and physics for physical chemistry

There are three levels of scholarship. An analogy is that someone has looked at the ocean from far away and he feels that he has seen it all (standard undergrad mindset). Next stage, is when you walk ...
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Can anybody recommend me a Calculus Based General Chemistry textbook?

Most general chemistry courses include a chemical kinetics unit, where calculus would be appropriate (but is often avoided). Outside of that, there's not many places in general chemistry that calculus ...
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Books on Chemical Reaction Theory

If you are up for some fun and want to learn about unimolecular reactions (e.g., rearrangements decompositions after energy absorption) then you should try Theory of unimolecular and recombination ...
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What old chemistry textbooks are good until present day?

Charles E. Mortimer's Chemistry book was very good for our General Chemistry I & II courses. It has detailed Molecular Orbital diagrams, coordination chemistry information, sufficient examples of ...
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