Group theory for chemical applications.
John Ogilvie, CECM, Simon Fraser University
Chemists are aware of symmetry in chemistry -- the symmetry of crystals and molecules. These symmetry aspects are treated quantitatively through the application of group theory. We demonstrate how a Maple worksheet can serve as an excellent medium for the derivation and application of not only aspects of symmetry but also the actual calculations involving group theory: the generation of character tables, the enumeration of normal vibrational modes and th enumeration of chemical isomers.