- General Chemistry I and II (CE 111, 112)
- Physical Chemistry (CE 372)
- Physical Chemistry Laboratory (CE 372)
- Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling (CE 475)
General Chemistry I and II (CE 111, 112)The courses provide a preparation for subsequent courses in chemistry. Principles and theories of chemistry problem solving,stoichiometry, states of matter, atomic and molecular structure, introductory quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, kinetics, electrochemistry, chemistry of metals and nonmetals, and nuclear chemistry.
Physical Chemistry (CE 372)In this course the principles of quantum mechanics for understanding molecular and atomic spectra are emphasized along with the basic concepts used in modern computational chemistry. The topics specifically covered in this segment of the course semester include:
Quantum mechanics: Postulates and formulation of Schrödinger equation. Operators. Uncertainty principle. Particle-in-a-box. Simple harmonic oscillator. Rigid rotor; angular momentum. Hydrogen atom; hydrogenic wave functions. Spin; Pauli principle. Approximate methods. Helium atom. Hydrogen molecule ion; hydrogen molecule, Diatomic molecules. LCAO method. Computational chemistry. Quantum chemistry applications.
Spectroscopy: Light-matter interaction; dipole selection rules. Rotational spectra of linear molecules. Vibrational spectra. Term symbols. Electronic spectra of atoms and molecules. Raman spectroscopy; multiphoton selection rules. Lasers.