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Chemistry (CHEM)

CHEM 452 Physical Chemistry - Quantum Chemistry (3) Introduction to physical chemistry with primary emphasis on molecular structure, spectroscopy, and chemical kinetics. (Graduate credit not allowed for students majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering.)

CHEM 452 Physical Chemistry - Quantum Chemistry (3)

CHEM 452 is an introductory physical chemistry course that covers quantum chemistry, atomic and molecular spectroscopy, and chemical kinetics. If time permits, other possible topics include statistical thermodynamics, nuclear magnetic resonance, electron spin resonance, structures of solids, X-ray scattering, and processes at surfaces.

Quantum chemistry includes: development of wave mechanics, Schrodinger’s equation, particle in a box, in a ring, on a spherical surface, free particle, barrier penetration, harmonic oscillator, postulates, hydrogen atom, helium atom, electron spin, atomic and molecular structure and symmetry. Spectroscopy includes: atomic spectra, microwave, infrared, and visible spectra of molecules. Chemical kinetics includes: rate laws, mechanisms, chain reactions, polymerization reactions, catalysis, molecular reaction dynamics (collision theory and activated complex theory), and nature of potential energy surfaces for reactions.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2007
Prerequisite: CHEM 112 andMATH 141 andPHYS 211 orPHYS 212

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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