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I'm currently learning chemistry for the first time, and loving it. I have a reasonably good physics and maths background and it's great to see things like spherical harmonics in quantum mechanics "take shape" through chemistry in the form of orbitals. Overall, I am seeing a lot of physics and some mathematics present. However my source is not entirely rigorous, at least by my standards.

Could anyone recommend a text or source that explains chemistry topics from a physics point of view rigorously? Examples of questions I am struggling with (from a physical viewpoint) are Why do bondings occur? What is the distance of seperation? Why is a water molecule bent?

Any help appreciated!

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A classic book is "Molecular Quantum Mechanics" by Atkins. Possibly also "The Chemical Bond" by Murrell, Kettle and Tedder, though I think Atkins is better.

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