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Quantum Chemistry I(2.0 credits)

Course Type:Basic Specialized Courses
Class Format:Lecture
Course Name : Chemistry
Starts 1 : 2 Spring Semester
Elective/Compulsory : Compulsory
Lecturer : PHUNG Quan manh Associate Professor 

•Course Purpose
"What exactly is so special about Quantum Mechanics?" The purpose of this course is to introduce quantum mechanics. It begins with an introduction to elementary quantum mechanics and builds up to convey a thorough theoretical understanding of atomic electronic structure.

The goal is to lay the foundation of Quantum Theory and see how it helps explain the atomic and molecular structure and chemical bond and reactivity.

•Prerequisite Subjects
Fundamentals of Chemistry I and II, Fundamentals of Physics I and II, Calculus I, Linear Algebra I and II, or permission of the instructor

•Course Topics
1 From Classical to Quantum Mechanics (Ch. 1)
2 Wave Packets and the Schrodinger Equation (Ch. 2)
3 The Quantum Mechanical Postulates (Ch. 3)
4 The Particle in the Box 1 (Ch. 4)
5 The Particle in the Box 2 (Ch. 5)
6 Commuting and Non-commuting Operators and the Uncertainty Principle (Ch. 6)
7 Review and Midterm evaluation
8 Quantum Mechanical Model for the Vibration and Rotation of Molecules - 1 (Ch. 7)
9 Quantum Mechanical Model for the Vibration and Rotation of Molecules - 2 (Ch. 7)
10 The Vibrational and Rotational Spectroscopy of Diatomic Molecules - 1 (Ch. 8)
11 The Vibrational and Rotational Spectroscopy of Diatomic Molecules - 2 (Ch. 8)
12 The Hydrogen Atom (Ch. 9)
13 Many-electron Atoms - 1 (Ch. 10)
14 Many-electron Atoms - 2 (Ch. 10)
15 Review and Final evaluation

T. Engel: Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy, 3rd Ed. (International edition), Pearson, 2014

•Additional Reading
David W. Ball: Physical Chemistry, 2nd Ed., Cengage Learning, 2015
P. Atkins, J. de Paula, and J. Keeler: Atkins' Physical Chemistry, 11th Ed. Oxford University Press, 2018
D. A. McQuarrie and J. D. Simon "Physical Chemistry A Molecular Approach"

•Grade Assessment
Students will be evaluated based on one midterm exam (25% weight), one final exam (comprehensive, 45%
weight), and homework (30% weight). Homework will be given at the end of each class. Homework must be submitted before the next class starts. The penalty for homework submitted late should be 10% of the maximum mark per day late. Both midterm and final exams will be written.

Grade evaluation will be according to the GPA System at Nagoya University.
Students who enrolled AY2020 and onward: "A+": 100-95%, "A": 95-80%, "B": 80-70%, "C": 70-65%, "C-": 65-69%, "F": 60-0%.
Students who enrolled before AY2020: "S": 100-90%, "A": 90-80%, "B": 80-70%, "C": 70-60%, "F": 60-0%.

To receive a passing grade, a score of at least 60% is required.

The course will be graded "Fail (F)" if less than 60% of the points are obtained. The course will be graded as "Absent (W)" as stated in "Conditions for Course Withdrawal"

Face-to-face and real-time online lectures combined. The records of the lectures will be provided on Microsoft Teams.

•Contacting Faculty
By email or online meetings. In-person meetings during office hours can be also organized.


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