Concordia
University

CHEM 333

Quantum Theory and Spectroscopy

Dr. Gilles H. Peslherbe

Fall 2008

Th.  18:00-20:15   AD-435

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Introduction

1. Review of Classical Physics

1.1. Newtonian Mechanics of Particles 1.2. Electrostatics 1.3. Magnetism 1.4. Wave Physics 1.5. Electromagnetic Radiation and Classical Theory of Light

2. The Failure of Classical Physics and the Emergence of the "Old" Quantum Theory

2.1. Blackbody Radiation
2.2. Photoelectric Effect 2.3. Heat Capacities and Vibrations in Crystals 2.4. The Hydrogen Atom Spectrum. Rydberg formula and the Bohr model of Hydrogen 2.5. De Broglie Postulate 2.6. Electron Diffraction Experiments 2.7. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

3. General Principles and Postulates of Quantum Mechanics

3.1. The Schroedinger Equation
3.2. Operators, Eigenvalues and Eigenfunctions 3.3. Wavefunction and Probability Density 3.4. Postulates of Quantum Mechanics

4. Application of Quantum Mechanics to Simple Systems

4.1. The Particle in a Box - Translational Motion
4.2. The Harmonic Oscillator - Vibrational Motion 4.3. The Rigid Rotor - Rotational Motion

5. The Hydrogenoid Atom: Electronic Structure and Spectra

5.1. Energy and Wavefunction
5.2. Electronic Structure 5.3. Quantum Numbers and Spectroscopic Selection Rules

6. Many-Electron Atoms: Electronic Structure and Spectra

6.1. The Variational Principle
6.2. Electronic Structure 6.3. Spectroscopy

7. Molecular Structure and the Chemical Bond

7.1. Born-Oppenheimer Approximation
7.2. Valence-Bond Theory 7.3. Molecular Orbital Theory 7.4. Hückel Theory 7.5. Modern Quantum Chemistry

8. Chemical Spectroscopy

8.1. Vibrational-Rotational Spectroscopy of Diatomic Molecules
8.2. Raman Spectroscopy 8.3. Photoelectron Spectroscopy 8.4. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopies



Problem Sets and Exams Information

Problem Set I

Problem Set I Solution Key - Discussed in Class - October 30, 2008

Problem Set II

Problem Set II Solution Key - Will not be Discussed in Class

Take-Home Midterm Exam - Due November 19, 2008, noon

Take-Home Midterm Exam Solution Key

Problem Set III

Problem Set III Solution Key - To be Discussed in Class - November 27, 2008

Problem Set IV

Problem Set IV Solution Key - To be Discussed in Class - November 27, 2008

Final Exam - December 04, 2008, 19:00-22:00, GYM


Last modified November 13, 2008. GHP