Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions: Quantum Mechanics

Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Spring 2020
Olympia
Day
Sophomore - Senior
Class Size: 8
4 Credits per quarter
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The full-time program Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions covers quantum mechanics, inorganic chemistry (in fall and winter), and thermodynamics (in winter and spring), all at the upper-division science level. Each of these subjects is available to students as an individual component by taking the variable credit option within Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions .

In the fall quarter of the quantum mechanics component, topics will include history and origins of quantum theory, wave-particle duality of light, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, operators, the Schrödinger equation, particle in a box, harmonic oscillator, rigid rotor, hydrogen-like atoms, angular momenta, Zeeman effect, variation method, multi-electron atoms, and application of the Pauli exclusion principle.

In winter, we will extend our studies to learn Slater determinants, Hartree-Fock self-consistent field method, atomic term symbols, spin-orbit coupling, atomic spectra, Born-Oppenheimer approximation, application of quantum mechanics to diatomics, potential energy diagrams, confocal elliptic coordinates, molecular term symbols, hybridization model, Hückel molecular orbital  theory, rotational spectroscopy, vibrational spectroscopy, vibration-rotation spectra of diatomics, and an introduction to Raman spectroscopy.

In spring, we will conclude our exploration in quantum mechanics with electronic spectroscopy, the Franck-Condon principle, fluorescence, phosphorescence, and lasers. Students will analyze the vibration-rotation spectrum of the HBr molecule and the visible spectrum of iodine to obtain molecular parameters and present them in two formal lab reports to demonstrate their ability to extract atomic and molecular parameters from the spectra.

Registration

Enrollment Conditions

Signature required.This course accepts new enrollment in winter and spring.Students must demonstrate competency with material by passing the fall or winter quarter final exam, respectively. Contact faculty (bopegedd@evergreen.edu) for more information.

Prerequisites

Students must have successfully completed one year of college-level general chemistry with laboratory and one year of college calculus (differential and integral).

Fall 2019 Registration

Signature Required

Students must have successfully completed one year of college-level general chemistry with laboratory and one year of college calculus (differential and integral). Contact faculty (bopegedd@evergreen.edu) for more information.

Winter 2020 Registration

Signature Required

Students must demonstrate competency with fall material by passing the fall quarter final exam. Contact faculty (bopegedd@evergreen.edu) for more information.

Spring 2020 Registration

Academic details

Fields of Study
Preparatory For

chemistry, physics, science education, and environmental science.

Credits
4
Maximum Enrollment
8
Class Standing
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Upper Division Science Credit

Students who achieve the expected level of competency will earn upper-division science credits in quantum mechanics.

Schedule

In Person or Remote
In Person (F)
In Person (W)
Remote (S)
Time Offered
Day
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First Meeting

LAB 1 054A - Food Safe Lab
Location
Olympia