Lec.#

Date

Readings

TOPIC

1.

8/28 Wed

M: pp. 914
A: pp. 249253

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Course introduction, early experiments in quantum mechanics, light scattering and blackbody radiation.

2.

8/30 Fri

M: pp. 1521
A: pp. 255259

Photoelectric effect, Compton, DeBrogile (translation of deBrogile's paper), DavissonGermer

3.

9/3 Tue

M: pp. 2328
A: Complex Numbers pp. 286287,
Vectors pp. 368369

Waves, vector mathematics of interest, complex quantities, orthonormal functions.

4.

9/6 Fri

M: pp. 2838
A: pp. 273279
Fourier Series p. 740 
Superposition, Fourier Series, Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.

5.

9/10 Tue

M: pp. 4150
A: pp. 260279, 288292

Homework Set #1 Due.
Schrodinger Equation, probability density, eigenfunctions and eigenvalues, operators, particle in a box, most probable position, expectation value.

6.

9/11 Wed

M: pp. 5054

Superposition and the time dependence of the particle in a box wavefunctions.

7.

9/13 Fri

M: pp. 5462
A: pp. 296300

Barriers and tunneling. 
8.

9/17 Tue

M: pp. 6269
A: pp. 300306,
Further Information pp. 282

One dimensional harmonic oscillator, potential, wavefunctions, recursion relation, correspondence principle.

9.

9/18 Wed

M: pp. 7583
A: pp. 293296, 306311

Homework Set #2 DUE.
3D Schrodinger equation and degeneracy, separation of variables, spherical polar coordinates, solving the Schrodinger equation for the hydrogen atom, central force field V(r), rigidrotor approximation.

10.

9/20 Fri

M: pp. 8391
A: pp. 311315

Azimuthal quantum number, Φ(φ), angular momentum quantum number, Θ(θ), spherical harmonics.

11.

9/24 Tue

M: pp. 9197
A: pp. 324330

Radial part R(r), principal quantum number, Bohr radius.

12.

9/25 Wed

M: pp. 97102
A: pp. 330339

Radial distrubution function, wave structure of matter, nontrivial radial nodes, wavefunctions of hydrogenlike atoms.

13.

9/27 Fri


Homework Set #3 DUE.
Review of Lectures 112.

14.

10/1 Tue


FIRST HOUR EXAM
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15. 
10/2 Wed 
M: pp. 109115
A: pp. 315316, 339349

Effect of magnetic fields, SternGerlach experiment, spin, Pauli exclusion principle.

16. 
10/4 Fri 
M: pp. 115121
A: pp. 350361 
Buildingup principle, shielding, ionization energy, term symbols, spinorbit coupling, total angular momentum, multielectron atoms. 
17. 
10/8 Tue 
M: pp. 121129
A: pp. 349350, 390391 

18. 
10/9 Wed 
M: pp. 129135
A: pp. 371382 
Molecules
Schrodinger equation for molecules, BornOppenheimer approximation, hydrogen moleculeion.

19. 
10/11 Fri 
M: pp. 135144
A: pp. 382394 
LCAOMO, bonding and antibinding orbitals, overlap integral, variation principle for molecules, the hydrogen molecule, valence bond theory. 
20. 
10/15 Tue 
M: pp. 152159
A: Matrices pp. 414416
pp. 417426 
Homework Set #4 DUE.
Molecular symmetry
Symmetry elements and groups, multiplication table. 
21.

10/16 Wed

M: pp. 159165
A: pp. 427433

Irreducible representations, direct product, translations and rotations, Raman polarizability components. 
22.

10/18 Fri 
M: pp. 165173
A: pp. 439440, 447, 469478

Symmetry and transition moments, vanishing integrals and selection rules, symmetry and Raman and infrared activity of vibrations, inversion center and the rule of mutual exclusion, normal modes.

23.

10/22 Tue 
M: pp. 173183
A: pp. 433438

Reducible representations, vibrational analysis, symmetryadapted linear combinations (SALCs).

24.

10/23 Wed

M: pp. 190193

Introduction to Spectroscopy and Structure
Time dependence of the wavefunction and the interaction of light with matter, resonance. 
25. 
10/25 Fri 
M: pp. 193199
A: pp. 445462 
Spectroscopy, transition moments, moments of inertia, pure rotational spectra. 
26.

10/29 Tue

M: pp. 199207
A: pp. 462469

Vibrational spectra of diatomic molecules, anharmonicity, BirgeSponer plot, vibrationrotation spectra. 
27.

10/30 Wed

M: pp. 207212
A: pp. 489508

Electronic spectra, FranckCondon principle, allowed and forbidden transitions, electronicvibrational (vibronic) transitions, Deslandres table.

28.

11/1 Fri


Homework Set#5 Due.
Review of Lectures 1527 
29.

11/5 Tue


SECOND HOUR EXAM
view last year's exam

30. 
11/6 Wed 
M: pp. 251258
A: pp. 746751 
Introduction to Statistical Mechanics
Kinetic molecular theory of gases, Maxwell distribution, pressure and average energy of an ideal gas. 
31. 
11/8 Fri 
M: pp. 258266 
Distributions of numbers of particles about available energy levels, fermions, bosons. Most probable distribution = Boltzmann distribution, partition function. 
32.

11/12 Tue

M: pp. 266271
A: pp. 564568, pp. 568584

Translational partition function for an ideal monoatomic gas, boltzons, internal energy, molar partition function and entropy.

33.

11/13 Wed

M: pp. 271281
A: pp. 592601 
Partition of energy in molecules, translational, nuclear, rotational, vibrational and electronic degrees of freedom, choice of zero of energy, total partition function, equipartition principle, connection to thermodynamics. 
34.

11/15 Fri

M: pp. 281287
A: pp. 601605

Heat capacity of solids (an application of statistical mechanics), Einstein model, Debye model. 
35.

11/19 Tue

M: pp. 292297
A: pp. 782789, 790793

Homework Set#6 Due.
Introduction to Chemical Kinetics
Rate laws, elementary reactions, mass action, firstorder kinetics, halflife.

36. 
11/20 Wed 
M: pp. 297303
A: pp. 789790, 793795 
Secondorder kinetics, determinination of reaction order. 
37. 
11/22 Fri 
M: pp. 303306
A: pp. 802809 
Mechanism and rate law, equilibrium approximation, steady state approximation. 
38.

11/26 Tue

M: pp. 306310
A: pp. 878881 
Enzyme kinetics.

39.

12/3 Tue

M: pp. 310311

Homework Set#7 Due.
Collision dynamics.
Review of Lectures 3039. 
40. 
12/4 Wed 

Review of Lectures 3039. 
41

12/6 Fri


THIRD HOUR EXAM
view last year's exam
view exam from 2010 (Last year's third exam was abbreviated because of the hurricane. The 2010 third exam is more representative.) 