CHEM 33200
Spring 2023: Physical Chemistry II

    The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to quantum mechanics and its applications to basic chemical problems.

    PRE-REQUISITES

    CHEM 33000 (or ChE 22900 and ChE 33000); CHEM 25000 or MATH 213; PHYS 20800.

  1. CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity

    CLASS SCHEDULE
  2. 01/25: LECTURE 1 - Classical Theory of Blackbody Radiation
    01/30: LECTURE 2 - The Boltzmann Distribution
    02/01: LECTURE 3 - Planck's Theory of Blackbody Radiation
    02/06: LECTURE 4 - Photoelectric Effect, Specific Heats of Solids and the Bohr Atom
    02/08: LECTURE 5 - Wave Mechanics and the Schrodinger Equation
    02/15: LECTURE 6 - Quantum Mechanical Operators (This class will be held on Zoom)
    02/21: REVIEW 1 The review will be held on Zoom (Note that this is a Tuesday.
    02/22: FIRST EXAM
    02/27: LECTURE 7 - Applications of the Schrodinger Equation - Particle in a Box
    03/01: LECTURE 8 - Applications of the Schrodinger Equation - Barrier Problems
    03/06: REVIEW 2
    03/08: SECOND EXAM
    03/13: LECTURE - The Harmonic Oscillator
    03/15: LECTURE 10 - The Hydrogen Atom
    03/20: LECTURE 11 - Angular momentum
    03/22: LECTURE 12 - Approximation Methods
    03/27: NO CLASS
    03/29: LECTURE 12 CONTINUED - The Variation Method
    04/03: LECTURE 13 - The Perturbation Method
    04/17: REVIEW 3
    04/19: THIRD EXAM
    04/24: LECTURE 14 - Many Electron Atoms - Spin
    04/26: LECTURE 15 - Many Electron Atoms - Term Symbols
    05/01: LECTURE 16 - The Chemical Bond
    05/03: LECTURE 17 - Diatomic Molecules
    05/08: LECTURE 18 - Polyatomic Molecules (This class will be held on Zoom)
    05/10: REVIEW 4 This review will be held on Zoom
    05/15: FOURTH EXAM

    LECTURE NOTES
    Lecture notes will be posted here when available.

CLASSES

Time: Mon, Wed 9:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Place: Marshak Building Room 1307

GRADING

There will be FOUR examinations. The best THREE, weighted equally, will be used to determine the final grade.
There will be no make-up exams.

TEXTS

The following textbooks are suggested but not required:
(1) Physical Chemistry 7th Edition
Atkins and De Paula‚Ä®
(2) Physical Chemistry: A Molecular Approach
McQuarrie and Simon

POLICIES

Attendance is not mandatory but students are strongly encouraged to attend.
The first half hour of each class will be used to address questions/concerns from the previous lecture.
Lecture notes for the following week will be posted every Wednesday by 5 PM starting 01/18. Students are encouraged to go through the notes carefully before coming to class.
The best way to get in touch outside class hours is by emailing rghose#ccny.cuny.edu using an official CUNY email.