Resources for Character Tables and Their Use
A very good online resource for character tables may be found at http://www.chemsoc.org/ExemplarChem/entries/2004/hull_booth/CharacterMaps/character_tables.htm. Additionally this resource tells which modes are active in microwave spectroscopy, in IR spectroscopy, and in Raman spectroscopy.
Some site which can help explain the use of character tables are http://mutuslab.cs.uwindsor.ca/macdonald/250-LectureNotes/Fall2002/Bonding-Notes5.pdf, http://www.chemistry.nmsu.edu/studntres/chem639/cgi-bin/group1.cgi, http://symmetry.jacobs-university.de/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_character_tables_for_chemically_important_3D_point_groups, http://www.phys.ncl.ac.uk/staff/njpg/symmetry/CharacterTables.html, and http://ocw.mit.edu/NR/rdonlyres/Chemistry/5-04Fall-2004/6F486D02-72A0-4D03-A313-E3A62B6B859F/0/lecture4.pdf.
We will not be delving in to the use of the character tables, except to say that they can be used to help predict spectra. however, that is not one of the topics we will be covering in this course. Indeed to cover cover such a topic adequately would in itself be a course.
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