Theoretical chemistry seeks to provide theories that explain chemical observations. Often, it uses mathematical and computational methods. Quantum chemistry, the application of quantum mechanics to the understanding of valency, is a major component of theoretical chemistry. Other major components include molecular dynamics, statistical thermodynamics and theories of electrolyte solutions, reaction networks, polymerization and catalysis.
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