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CHEM 322 Physical Chemistry II (4)

Quantum mechanics, a theoretical description of the microscopic world, is developed and connected to the equilibrium behavior of macroscopic systems through statistical mechanics. Topics include: mathematical tools; the failure of classical mechanics; the postulates of quantum mechanics; prototype microscopic systems; hydrogen-like atoms; multi-electron atoms; molecular orbitals; rotational, vibrational, and electronic spectroscopy; the Boltzmann distribution; introductory statistical mechanics; and chemical equilibrium.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Natural Sciences, Mathematical Sciences
  • Prerequisite: CHEM 321, PHYS 221
  • Offering: Alternate spring semesters
  • Instructor: Williamson

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