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5: Symmetry Elements, Operations, and Point Groups

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  • To understand molecular orbital theory for larger molecules, we will need to apply symmetry and group theory. All things contain symmetry elements, including any molecule, wavefunction, vibration, and ...quite literally anything you can think of. Things that have the same symmetry elements can be put into groups, called point groups. This section will introduce the fundamental concepts of symmetry and the process for grouping things into point groups. 

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