Robert Q. Topper

Professor of Chemistry

Ch 361: Physical Chemistry I

Required for all chemical engineering majors, this course in quantum mechanics and molecular spectroscopy is taken during the junior year after having completed a semester of "introductory" physical chemistry (see Ch 160), a year of organic chemistry, three courses in physics (including modern physics), two years of calculus, and linear algebra. A series of applied quantum chemistry projects gives students a firm grounding in the methods, language, logistics, and algorithmic approaches involved in the use of quantum mechanics to predict molecular structures, spectra, and properties. The course is a popular elective for students in other majors and has been elected by students majoring in electrical, mechanical, and interdiscipinary enginering.

Text for Fall 2016:Quantum Chemistry (2nd edition only) by D.A. McQuarrie. See http://www.amazon.com/Quantum-Chemistry-Donald-A-McQuarrie/dp/1891389505 and http://www.uscibooks.com/mcqqc2.htm .