CHEM 33200
Spring 2021: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

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

  2. TOPICS
  3. Lecture 1 - Classical Theory of Blackbody Radiation
    Lecture 2 - The Boltzmann Distribution
    Lecture 3 - Planck's Theory of Blackbody Radiation
    Lecture 4 - Photoelectric Effect, Specific Heats of Solids and the Bohr Atom
    Lecture 5 - Wave Mechanics and the Schrodinger Equation
    Lecture 6 - Quantum Mechanical Operators
    Lecture 7 - Applications of the Schrodinger Equation - Particle in a Box
    Lecture 8 - Applications of the Schrodinger Equation - Barrier Problems
    Review 1
    First Exam
    Lecture 9 - The Harmonic Oscillator
  4. Lecture 10 - The Hydrogen Atom
    Lecture 11 - Angular Momentum
    Lecture 12 - The Variation Method
    Lecture 13 - The Perturbation Method
    Review 2
    Second Exam
    Lecture 14 - Many Electron Atoms
    Lecture 15 - The Chemical Bond
    Lecture 16 - Polyatomic Molecules
    Lecture 17 - Hybridization
    Lecture 18 - Hückel Theory
    Review 3
    Third Exam

    LECTURE NOTES
  5. Lecture 1
    Lecture 2
    Lecture 3
    Lecture 4
    Lecture 5
    Lecture 6
    Lecture 7
    Lecture 8
    Exam 1
    Exam 1 Solutions
    Lecture 9
    Lecture 10
    Lecture 11
    Lecture 12
    Lecture 13
    Exam 2
    Lecture 14

  6. LECTURE RECORDINGS

CLASSES

Monday, Wednesday 9:00-10:50 AM.
Classes will be held online synchronously.
The last 40 minutes in each class will be for questions/discussion.

GRADING

Exam 1: 30%
Exam 2: 30%
Exam 3: 30%
Class participation: 10%

TEXTS

The following textbooks are suggested but not required:
(1) Physical Chemistry 7th Edition
Atkins and De Paula

(2) Physical Chemistry: A Molecular Approach
McQuarrie and Simon

ANNOUNCEMENTS

There will be a review session on 04/07/2021 covering lectures 9-13.
The second exam will be posted on this website after the class on 04/07/2021 and will be due by the end of the day on 04/14/2021.
There will be no class on 04/12/2021.