Advanced Spectroscopy, Thermodynamics and Quantum Mechanics

Module summary

Module code: CHEM1105
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Science
Module Coordinator(s): Jiayun Pang


Pre and co requisites

CHEM1031, CHEM1035


• to deliver advanced topics in thermodynamics
• to provide examples of the application of quantum mechanics to bonding and spectroscopy

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a deep understanding of a range of topics in thermodynamics and spectroscopy
2. Solve numerical problems based around mathematical models and equations in physical chemistry
3. Manipulate complex mathematical equations and evaluate the assumptions used in their derivations
4. Demonstrate an ability to carry out independent study on specialised topics and carry out a critical evaluation.

Indicative content

The content will be selected from the following material showing clear evidence of research led topics:

Molecular Thermodynamics: Statistical thermodynamics, probability and chemical events, Boltzmann distributions

Molecular Spectroscopy: Born-Oppenheimer theory, vibrational and rotational quantum levels, Raman spectroscopy, Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Circular Dichroism, Photon Correlation Spectroscopy
Intermolecular forces: Pair potentials, Lennard-Jones Potential, cohesive and adhesive forces, Electrostatic forces, Dipole-Dipole interactions, van Der Waals interactions.

Quantum Mechanics: The Schrödinger equation and solutions for harmonic oscillators, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, Hamiltonian operators, Eigenfunctions and Eigenvalues, many-electron atoms, e.g. wave equation, electron spin and orbital approximations.