CHEM 33200
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Spring 2021

  1. 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.
  2. CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity

  3. TOPICS

    Classical Theory of Blackbody Radiation
    The Bolltzmann Distribution
    Planck's Theory of Blackbody Radiation
    Photoelectric Effect, Specific Heats of Solids annd the Bohr Atom
    Wave Mechanics and the Schrodinger Equation
  4. Quantum Mechanical Operators
    Applications of the Schrodinger Equation - Barrier Problems
    The Harmonic Oscillator
  5. First Exam  
    The Hydrogen Atom
    The Variation Method
    The Perturbation Method
    Second Exam
    Many Electron Atoms
  6. The Chemical Bond 
    Polyatomic Molecules
    Hybridization
    Hückel Theory
    Third Exam

  7. LECTURE NOTES
  8. Lecture notes will be posted here.

CLASSES

Monday, Wednesday 9:00-10:50 AM.
Classes will be held online synchronously.

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

Major announcements will be posted here.