## Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 3 sessions / week, 1 hour / session

Recitations: 2 sessions / week, 1 hour / session

## Prerequisites

Prerequisites for this course are *8.02 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism*, *18.02 Multivariable Calculus*, and one of the following:

*5.111 Principles of Chemical Science*, *5.112 Principles of Chemical Science*, or *3.091 Introduction to Solid State Chemistry.*

## Textbook

McQuarrie, Donald A. *Quantum Chemistry*. 2nd ed. University Science Books, 2008. ISBN: 9781891389504. [Preview with Google Books]

## Other Books

Atkins, P., and J. de Paula. *Physical Chemistry*. 7th ed. W. H. Freeman and Company, 2001. ISBN: 9780716735397.

Silbey, R., R. Alberty, and M. Bawendi. *Physical Chemistry*. 4th ed. John Wiley & Sons, 2004. ISBN: 9780471215042.

Karplus, M., and R. Porter. *Atoms and Molecules: An Introduction for Students of Physical Chemistry*. W. A. Benjamin, 1970. ISBN: 9780805352184.

## Format

There will be clicker exercises (classroom response devices) in almost every lecture. Students will be awarded participation points (up to a maximum of 50) based on the *number* of clicker questions to which they respond. There will also be prizes for the recitation section with the largest percentage of correct clicker answers.

## Exams

There will be three one-hour examinations during the term and a regularly*-*scheduled three-hour final examination. An information sheet summarizing details of the examinations will be distributed prior to each examination. All of the exams will be closed-notes and closed-book.

## Homework

Problems will be assigned every week. Late problem sets are not accepted. Homework will be graded by the recitation instructor and returned in recitation.

## Grading

A total of 650 points is possible in the course as follows:

ACTIVITIES | POINTS |
---|---|

Homework | 100 |

Exams | 300 (100 each) |

Clicker Question Responses | 50 |

Final exam | 200 |

Total | 650 |

## Calendar

The calendar below provides information on the course's lecture (L) and exam (E) sessions.

SES # | TOPICS | KEY DATES |
---|---|---|

L1 | Historical Background | |

L2 | Wave Nature of the Electron and the Internal Structure of an Atom | |

L3 | Two-Slit Experiment. Quantum Weirdness | |

L4 | Classical Wave Equation | |

L5 | Quantum Mechanics: Free Particle and Particle in 1D box | Problem set 1 due |

L6 | 3-D Box and Separation of Variables | |

L7 | Classical Mechanical Harmonic Oscillator | |

L8 | Quantum Mechanical Harmonic Oscillator | Problem set 2 due |

L9 | The Harmonic Oscillator: Creation and Annihilation Operators | |

L10 | The Time-Dependent Schrödinger Equation | Problem set 3 due |

L11 | Wavepacket Dynamics for Harmonic Oscillator and PIB | |

L12 | Looking Backward Before First Hour Exam | |

E1 | First Hour Exam | |

L13 | Interaction of Light with Matter | |

L14 | Non-Degenerate Perturbation Theory I | |

L15 | Non-Degenerate Perturbation Theory II | Problem set 4 due |

L16 | Rigid Rotor I | |

L17 | Rigid Rotor II | Problem set 5 due |

L18 | Perturbation Theory III | |

L19 | Hydrogen Atom | |

E2 | Second Hour Exam | |

L20 | Hydrogen Atom (cont.) | |

L21 | Helium Atom | |

L22 | Helium Atom (cont.) | Problem set 6 due |

L23 | Many Electron Atoms | |

L24 | Molecular Orbitals I | |

L25 | Molecular Orbitals I (cont.) | Problem set 7 due |

L26 | Molecular Orbitals II | |

L27 | Qualitative Molecular Orbital Theory | |

L28 | Qualitative Molecular Orbital Theory (cont.) | |

L29 | Modern Electronic Structure Theory: Basis Sets | |

E3 | Third Hour Exam | |

L30 | Modern Electronic Structure Theory: Electron Correlation | Problem set 8 due |

L31 | Using Gaussian | |

L32 | Intermolecular Interactions | |

L33 | Electronic Spectroscopy and Photochemistry | |

L34 | Electronic Spectroscopy and Photochemistry (cont.) | Problem set 9 due |

L35 | Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) | |

L36 | Course Review / Makeup Lecture | |

E4 | Final Exam |