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COURSE NUMBER: CHEM 371
COURSE TITLE: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Kris Ooms
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course focusses on developing a quantum mechanical understanding of chemistry. Quantum mechanical models are developed and applied to help students understand rotational, vibrational, electronic spectroscopy, and bonding. The connection to quantum chemical calculations is explored. NMR spectroscopy is also discussed from a quantum mechanical perspective.

Prerequisites: CHEM 370
REQUIRED MATERIALS: Engel, T. and Reid, P. Physical Chemistry, 2nd Edition, Pearson Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco 2006.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Midterms30%
Labs20%
Exam20%
Assignments20%
Participation, group work10%
100%
LECTURE SCHEDULE:
  • The basics of quantum mechanics          
    • The Schrödinger equation                    
    • Quantum mechanical postulates           
    • Using QM for simple systems    
    • Particle in a box in the real world        
    • Commuting with Uncertainty     
  • Understanding rotational and vibrational spectra        
    • Rigid rotor and harmonic oscillator     
    • Rotational and vibrational spectroscopy       
  • Understanding electronic spectroscopy
    • The hydrogen atom         
    • Many electron atoms        
    • Quantum states                 
    • The chemical bond in diatomics          
    • Electronic spectroscopy            
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance        


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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