Physical Chemistry

Purple, orange, white, and black illustrations in various shapes.

Hydrogen density plots that show wavefunctions of the electron in a hydrogen atom at different energy levels. The brighter areas represent a higher probability of finding the electron. (Image is in the public domain.)


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Fall 2017



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This course is an introduction to quantum mechanics for use by chemists. Topics include particles and waves, wave mechanics, semi-classical quantum mechanics, matrix mechanics, perturbation theory, molecular orbital theory, molecular structure, molecular spectroscopy, and photochemistry. Emphasis is on creating and building confidence in the use of intuitive pictures.

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Robert Field. 5.61 Physical Chemistry. Fall 2017. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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