Students must have taken CH308, CH320 and CH382 before taking this module.
OverviewThis module will deepen your understanding of the fascinating world of quantum mechanics and symmetry. We explore how this gives rise to quantisation and selection rules, and go on to apply this to spectroscopic methods to understand structure and bonding including: rotational (microwave) spectroscopy, vibrational (IR and Raman) spectroscopy and electronic transitions (UV-vis, PES). The lab course will give you hands on experience of some of these quite abstract concepts, and will allow you to apply your spectroscopic skills to real chemical problems. (Lab component.)
This module appears in:
Lectures – 24 hrs; practical laboratory classes - 18 hrs.
Total study hours - 150 hrs.
This is not available as a wild module.
Method of assessment
Coursework – 40% (3 x lab practicals 25%, 2 x class tests 15%); Final examination – 60%
P.W Atkins, Physical Chemistry
Knowledge and critical understanding of: basic quantum mechanical concepts, basic concepts of molecular symmetry and group theory, how to obtain and interpret spectra to calculate molecular parameters from spectroscopic data.