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CHEM 361
Quantum Chemistry and Chemical Dynamics Fall 2020
Division III

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This course provides an introduction to quantum mechanics which serves as the basis for understanding atomic and molecular structure as well as spectroscopic methods. This leads to a discussion of chemical kinetics and molecular reaction dynamics in the gas phase and in solution.Computational chemistry methods are used to illustrate chemical concepts, to interpret experimental data, and to extend hypotheses. Applications of these principles are chosen from contemporary research fields, including polymer chemistry, photochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, and solid and liquid state chemistry. Quantitative laboratory experiments and consultation with the scientific literature provide the background necessary for carrying out an independent theoretical or experimental project.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; Hybrid, 2.5 hours per week of classroom/online activity (3 x 50 min); 3.5 hours per week of laboratory (1.5 hours online, 2 hours in lab).
Limit: 16
Expected: 10
Class#: 2226
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, problem sets, exams,laboratory work, and an independent project
Prerequisites: CHEM 155 or 256
Enrollment Preferences: seniors, then juniors
Distributions: Division III

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