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Symmetry Point Groups

  1. R. Bruce King

Published Online: 15 DEC 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119951438.eibc0219

Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry

How to Cite

Bruce King, R. 2011. Symmetry Point Groups. Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry. .

Author Information

  1. University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2011

Abstract

The symmetry of a molecule can be described by its symmetry point group, which is a mathematical group consisting of the symmetry operations of the molecule. This symmetry point group thus consists of the identity plus proper rotations, reflections, an inversion, and/or improper rotations.

Keywords:

  • inversions;
  • reflections;
  • rotations;
  • symmetry operations;
  • symmetry point group