5.61 | Fall 2017 | Undergraduate

Physical Chemistry

Lecture Notes

The notes for lectures 28 and 29 courtesy of Prof. Troy Van Voorhis. Used with permission. 

LEC # Lecture Notes
1 Quantum Mechanics—Historical Background, Photoelectric Effect, Compton Scattering (PDF)

Wave Nature of the Electron and the Internal Structure of an Atom (PDF)

Lecture 2 Supplement: Geiger–Marsden Revisited (PDF)

3 Two-Slit Experiment, Quantum Weirdness (PDF)
4 The Classical Wave Equation and Separation of Variables (PDF)
5 Begin Quantum Mechanics: Free Particle and Particle in a 1D Box (PDF)
6 3-D Box and Separation of Variables (PDF)
7 Classical Mechanical Harmonic Oscillator (PDF)
8 Quantum Mechanical Harmonic Oscillator (PDF)
Harmonic Oscillator: Creation and Annihilation Operators (PDF)
10  The Time-Dependent Schrödinger Equation (PDF)

Wavepacket Dynamics for Harmonic Oscillator and PIB (PDF)

Lecture 11 Supplement: Nonstationary States of Quantum Mechanical Harmonic Oscillator (PDF)

12 Looking Backward Before First Hour Exam: Postulate (PDF)
13–14 From H{{< sub “ij” >}} Integrals to H Matrices (PDF)
15  Non-Degenerate Perturbation Theory I (PDF)

Non-Degenerate Perturbation Theory II: Harmonic Oscillators Using a,a{{< sup “†” >}} (PDF)

Lecture 16 Supplement: Non-Degenerate Perturbation Theory III (PDF)

17  Rigid Rotor I (PDF)
18  Rigid Rotor II (PDF)

Spectroscopy: Probing Molecules with Light (PDF) 

Lecture 19 Supplement: Perturbation Theory: Matrix Notation, Applications to Dynamics (PDF)

20   Hydrogen Atom I (PDF)
21  Hydrogen Atom II (PDF)
22  Helium Atom (PDF)

Many–Electron Atoms (PDF)

Lecture 23 Supplement: Slater Determinantal Matrix Elements (PDF)


Molecular Orbital Theory, Matrix Mechanics and Variational Principle (PDF) 

Lecture 24 Supplement: General Eigenvalue Problem for LCAO-MO Expressed in Matrix Notation (PDF)

25  Molecular Orbital Theory of Diatomic Molecules (PDF)
26 Qualitative MolecularOrbital Theory: Hückel Theory (PDF) 
27 Non-Degenerate Perturbation Theory III (PDF)

Modern Electronic Structure Theory: Basis Sets (PDF)

Modern Electronic Structure (PDF)

Modern Electronic Structure Theory: Electron Correlation (PDF)

30–31 Electronic Spectroscopy. Franck-Condon (PDF)

Adiabatic↔Diabatic: Zewail (PDF)

Lecture 32 Supplement: Zewail Wavepacket Experiment (PDF - 1MB)

33 Intermolecular Interactions (PDF)
34  Electronic Spectroscopy and Photochemistry (PDF - 1MB)
35  Delta-functions, Eigenfunctions of X, and Discrete Variable Representation (PDF)
36 Time Dependence of Two-Level Systems: Density Matrix, Rotating Wave Approximation (PDF)

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