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CHEM3117: Molecular Spectroscopy and Quantum Theory

This course will cover the fundamentals of molecular spectroscopy as a modern research tool and as a theoretical basis with which to understand everyday phenomena. This course is aimed at the student wishing a rigorous understanding of the fabric of nature -- electronic structure -- and the interaction between light and matter. The course teaches the quantum theory needed to understand spectroscopic phenomena (such as the absorption of light) at the empirical and deeper levels. A student completing this course will take with him/her an understanding of spectroscopy as both a phenomenon and a research tool. The course teaches application and theory, with descriptions of applied spectroscopic techniques. Alongside the coverage of modern spectroscopy, the course provides an accessible treatment of the science behind vision, flames, solar cells and photochemical smog.

Code CHEM3117
Academic unit Chemistry Academic Operations
Credit points 6
[(CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) AND (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916)] OR (CHEM2521 or CHEM2921 or CHEM2991)

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand to role of symmetry in chemistry and how to use group tables
  • LO2. compute molecular structure, molecular orbitals, energy levels and spectra
  • LO3. understand optical spectra in terms of symmetry and connect real spectra with the computations they have performed
  • LO4. perform safe laboratory manipulations and handle glassware
  • LO5. find and analyse information and judge its reliability and significance
  • LO6. communicate scientific information appropriately both orally and through written work
  • LO7. engage in team and group work for scientific investigations and for the process of learning
  • LO8. demonstrate a sense of responsibility and independence as a learner and as a scientist
  • LO9. demonstrate basic skills in computing, numeracy and data handling.

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