Physical Chemistry

Physical Chemistry
Quantum mechanics, group theory, atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, computational methods, statistical mechanics.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesMATH 302 & PHSCS 123; Chem 227 or concurrent enrollment; Chem 351M or 351; Phscs 220 or concurrent enrollment.
Course Outcomes

Wave Functions and Operators

Demonstrate understanding of wave functions and operators, including solving for eigenvalues and expectation values

Properties of Model Systems

Solve for properties of model systems, including particle in a box, harmonic oscillator, rigid rotor, Hydrogen-like atoms

Approximation Techniques

Apply approximation techniques (variation and perturbation) to relate model system to real chemical systems

Interpret and Extract Information on Molecular Shape

Apply quantum models of molecules to interpret spectra and extract information on molecular shape

Characterize Molecular Properties

Characterize molecular properties by solving for molecular symmetry

Solve for Simple Bonding Orbitals

Solve for simple bonding orbitals using valence bond, linear combinations of atomic orbitals and symmetry adapted linear combinations

Solve for the Partition Function of Molecular Systems

Solve for the partition function of molecular systems, including translational, rotational, vibrational and electronic energies