Credits: 5

Schedule: 29.10.2018 - 10.12.2018

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After completing the course, regarding

I The fundamentals of quantum mechanics the student

  • deepens his/her understanding of the central quantum mechanical concepts and phenomena like the Schrödinger equation, the wave function, quantization, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, and spin. He will also be able to apply these concepts at both the quantitative and qualitative levels to problems in chemistry.

II The structure of atoms and molecules the student can

  • utilize simple quantum mechanical models (i.e. particle-in-a-box, harmonic oscillator, quantum mechanical rigid rotor), to model the behavior of particles and can apply these models to treat spectroscopical phenomena.
  • describe how quantum mechanical principles manifest in atomic structure and the periodic table based on the simplest atomic model (the hydrogen atom).
  • explain how chemical bonds form in simple systems based on modern quantum mechanical theories of chemical bonding (the molecular orbital theory). The student can contrast this model with the previously learned descriptions of chemical bonding and is familiar with the inadequacies of those models.

III Spectroscopy the student

  • knows the principles of rotational, vibrational and electronic spectroscopy and can apply the quantum mechanical picture of atoms and molecules to describe the interactions between matter and electromagnetic radiation. The student can categorize different types of spectroscopies based on the range of energies involved.
  • becomes familiar with some of the standard spectroscopic databases and can independently seek spectroscopic data. He/she knows how to combine the with quantum mechanical theory to determine properties like bond lengths and dissociation energies.

IV Study skills the student

  • obtains better problem solving skills and becomes better equipped to systematically tackle open-ended problems.
  • habituates to studying the lecture material beforehand  and can focus their learning on the key parts of the text.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Molecular quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular orbitals, molecular spectroscopy, including rotational, vibrational and XPS spectroscpies.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Multiform teaching, exercises, project work, exam

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching 35-55h
Independent studying 76-96h
Exam 4h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

T. Engel, Quantum chemistry and spectroscopy (Prentice Hall), or Physical Chemistry

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

T. Engel, Quantum chemistry and spectroscopy (Prentice Hall), or Physical Chemistry

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

PHYS-A2140 Structure of Matter (CHEM) or equivalent

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Fail, 1 – 5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 



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