CHEM 461 - Physical Chemistry I
Fall 2021, Section 200
Instruction Mode: Section 200 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Chemistry (CHEM)
Department: LSA Chemistry
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Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
CHEM 260 or 370 or BIOPHYS 370 or PHYSICS 370; and PHYSICS 240 or 235; and MATH 215 or CHEM 262. Should be elected concurrently with CHEM 462.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course provides an introduction to quantum mechanics and its application to chemistry. Topics covered include:

  • The principles of classical physics.
  • The mathematical tools of quantum mechanics.
  • The postulates of quantum mechanics
  • Free particle and a particle in a box.
  • Approximate methods (the variational principle and time-independent perturbation theory).
  • Time-dependent perturbation theory and spectroscopy.
  • The harmonic oscillator and molecular vibrations.
  • Orbital angular momentum and molecular rotations.
  • The Hydrogen atom.
  • Spin angular momentum.
  • Multi-electron atoms (atomic orbitals).
  • The chemical bond in diatomic molecules (molecular orbitals).
  • Chemical bonding in polyatomic molecules
  • Schedule

    CHEM 461 - Physical Chemistry I
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    200 (LEC)
     In Person
    MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM

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    201 (DIS)
     In Person
    M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
    202 (DIS)
     In Person
    Th 8:00AM - 9:00AM

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