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Need help connecting the dots

  1. Nov 11, 2008 #1
    does representation theory help understanding electron energy splittings? if yes how? if no what is the role group theory plays in physics?
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  3. Nov 11, 2008 #2

    Dr Transport

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    Look at Tinkham's book on Group Theory and Quantum Mechanics, it is explained very well in there.

    In general, symmetry principles play a huge role in physics, they simplify calculations.
  4. Nov 16, 2008 #3
    Symmetry->representation->irreducible representation
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