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    Is there any physics book for undergraduate students that can explain the concept of highest occupied molecular orbital and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital? My chemistry book doesn't explain it deeply.


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    Quote Originally Posted by georginho_juventusygr
    Is there any physics book for undergraduate students that can explain the concept of highest occupied molecular orbital and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital? My chemistry book doesn't explain it deeply.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HOMO


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    Quote Originally Posted by DrRocket
    Quote Originally Posted by georginho_juventusygr
    Is there any physics book for undergraduate students that can explain the concept of highest occupied molecular orbital and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital? My chemistry book doesn't explain it deeply.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HOMO
    Thanks DrRocket, but is there no quantitative approach in physics?
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    Quote Originally Posted by georginho_juventusygr
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    Is there any physics book for undergraduate students that can explain the concept of highest occupied molecular orbital and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital? My chemistry book doesn't explain it deeply.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HOMO
    Thanks DrRocket, but is there no quantitative approach in physics?
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    Of course there is. Physics is basically nothing but a large collection of quantitative approaches. Why not read the book that is referenced in the article. You asked for a book and that Wiki article provides a reference to one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrRocket
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    Is there any physics book for undergraduate students that can explain the concept of highest occupied molecular orbital and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital? My chemistry book doesn't explain it deeply.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HOMO
    Thanks DrRocket, but is there no quantitative approach in physics?
    ????
    Of course there is. Physics is basically nothing but a large collection of quantitative approaches. Why not read the book that is referenced in the article. You asked for a book and that Wiki article provides a reference to one.
    Hmmm ... pretty sure it's not a book for me. I'm looking for a general physics book that covers the concept. I tried Young and Freedman, but it doesn't give special details for molecular orbitals.

    Thanks for your effort, though.
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    I can't help you with the names of any books, but i'd imagine that the physicists interpretation of HOMO/LUMO would consist of very complex quantum mechanical calculations. If you only need to understand chemical bonding then I don't think it will help much to go through all that maths unless you are already very good at it. There is a reason that chemists use these qualitative explanations, rather than the mathematical one.
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