Chem. 4300 - Physical Chemistry

This is one semester of a one year undergraduate physical chemistry course.

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Instructor: Philip Grandinetti
Instructor Office Hours: Tu and Th at 1:00-2:30 PM or by appointment
Instructor Office: 0044A McPherson Lab
Secret Underground Laboratory: 0048 McPherson Lab

Website: www.grandinetti.org/chem-4300-physical-chemistry
Carmen: carmen.osu.edu
Lecture: TuTh, 11:10 am - 12:30 am, McPherson Lab 1015
Recitations:
Section 27395, Mo, 8:00 am- 8:55 am, 254 Enarson Classroom Bldg
Section 27396, Mo, 9:10 am- 10:05 am, 2144 Smith Lab
Section 27397, Tu, 9:10 am- 10:05 am, 446 Hitchcock Hall

Required Text:Physical Chemistry: Quanta, Matter, and Change by Atkins, de Paula, & Friedman, 2014, 2nd edition, ISBN-13: 9781464108747
You can also look for the text at redshelf.com For what it's worth I don't particularly like this text but this choice was decided by the chemistry department. My preferences are given below.

Recommended texts

  • Physical Chemistry, A Molecular Approach, by Donald A. McQuarrie and John D. Simon, 1997.
  • Physical Chemistry, by Ira N. Levine, Sixth Edition, 2002.
Useful review texts
  • A Student's Guide to Waves, by Fleisch and Kinnaman.
  • Vibrations and Waves, by George King.
  • Sears and Zemansky's University Physics, by Young and Freedman.
More advanced but also helpful texts
  • Quantum Chemistry, by Ira N. Levine, Seventh Edition, 2014.
  • Quantum Chemistry, by Donald A. McQuarrie, Second Edition, 2008.
  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, by David Griffiths.
  • Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles, by Eisberg and Resnick.
  • Classical Mechanics, by John R. Taylor

Lecture Topic(s)*Topics
Fundamentals 1-3
The Principles of Quantum Mechanics 4-8
The Quantum Mechanics of Motion in 1D9, 10, 12, 15
The Quantum Mechanics of Motion in 3D 11, 13, 14, 41
Atomic Structure and Spectra 17, 18, 34, 16, 19, 20, 21
Molecular Structure 22-26
Molecular Spectroscopy 40-45
Molecular Structure 27-30
Chemical Kinetics82, 83, 84, 85, 86
Reaction Dynamics 88
Processes in Fluid Systems91
Processes on Solid Surfaces 96, 97
Grading:
Quizzes 20%
First Exam 25%
Second Exam 25%
Final Exam, Monday May 1, 10:00 - 11:45 am 30%