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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 5.61 (Fall 2007) 
  • Course Title:
  • Physical Chemistry 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Chemistry 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Robert Guy Griffin
    Prof. Troy Van Voorhis 
  • Course Introduction:
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  • 5.61 Physical Chemistry



    Fall 2007




    Course Highlights




    5.61 Physical Chemistry



    Fall 2007


    Wavefunctions and probability distributions for the quantum harmonic oscillator.
    Wavefunctions and probability distributions for the first four energy levels of the quantum harmonic oscillator. (Illustration courtesy of OCW.)


    Course Description


    This course presents an introduction to quantum mechanics. It begins with an examination of the historical development of quantum theory, properties of particles and waves, wave mechanics and applications to simple systems — the particle in a box, the harmonic oscillator, the rigid rotor and the hydrogen atom. The lectures continue with a discussion of atomic structure and the Periodic Table. The final lectures cover applications to chemical bonding including valence bond and molecular orbital theory, molecular structure, spectroscopy.

    Acknowledgements


    The material for 5.61 has evolved over a period of many years, and, accordingly, several faculty members have contributed to the development of the course contents. The original version of the lecture notes that are available on OCW was prepared in the early 1990's by Prof. Sylvia T. Ceyer. These were revised and transcribed to electronic form primarily by Prof. Keith A. Nelson. The current version includes additional contributions by Professors Moungi G. Bawendi, Robert W. Field, Robert G. Griffin, Robert J. Silbey and John S. Waugh, all of whom have taught the course in the recent past.

     

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