Physical chemistry I

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to introduce the basic principles of Quantomechanics and Spectroscopy.
Expected learning outcomes
The student will have to gain a good understanding of Quantum Mechanics principles and of the Schroedinger equation, including its applications to simple systems; of the theories of molecular orbitals and valence bonds. He will have to understand the theoretical basis of spectroscopy.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
The failures of classical physics. The principles of quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanical description of simple systems: free particle, particle in a box (one and two dimensions), rotational motions (two and three dimensions). The hydrogen atom and the structures of many electron atoms. The electronic molecular description of molecules: the Molecular Orbital and the Valence Bond approaches. An introduction to spectroscopy: the time dependent Schrödinger equation. Rotational spectroscopy of biatomic molecules. Vibrational and vibro-rotational spectroscopy of biatomic molecules. The vibrations of polyatomic molecules.
Prerequisites for admission
Knowledge of mathematics and general chemistry
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons
Teaching Resources
P.W. Atkins, Physical Chemistry, Oxford University Press
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an oral test on the fundamental concepts of the course
CHIM/02 - PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor: Sironi Maurizio
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