Robert Q. Topper

Professor of Chemistry

Ch 361: Physical Chemistry I

Texts for Fall 2021: 

(1) Quantum Chemistry (2nd edition only) by D.A. McQuarrie. See and . 

(2) Quantum States of Atoms and Molecules (online, free) by Hanson et al. See 

Required for all chemical engineering majors, this is a course in quantum mechanics and molecular spectroscopy, taken during the junior year. Students are simultaneously taking a laboratory course in instrumental analysis and a lecture course in probability and statistics. 

A sequence of applied 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 and analyze the results critically. A brief introduction to statistical mechanics is also included.

The course is sometimes chosen as an elective by students in other engineering majors who have a strong interest in quantum mechanics (especially EE and BSE majors).