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SCP3052750, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1156, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 12.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY 3
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Chemical Sciences
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MARILENA DI VALENTIN CHIM/02
Other lecturers ANTONIO BARBON CHIM/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines CHIM/02 Physical Chemistry 12.0

Course unit organization
Period Annual
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 10 15.0 No turn
Laboratory 6.0 72 78.0 3
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 28/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 2019/20 15/01/2018 30/11/2020 DI VALENTIN MARILENA (Presidente)
BORTOLUS MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
DURANTE CHRISTIAN (Membro Effettivo)
FERRANTE CAMILLA (Membro Effettivo)
FRESCH BARBARA (Membro Effettivo)
LITTI LUCIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Physics I, Physics II, Physical Chemistry I and Physical Chemistry II
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of this course is to introduce the student to the principles of optical and magnetic spectroscopy: (i) the basics of optical and magnetic spectroscopy, (ii) the use of spectroscopy experiments to characterize the physical and chemical properties of molecules, and (iii) how to perform spectroscopy experiments.
Examination methods: Written exam with exercises on the subjects of optical and magnetic spectroscopy and the experiments carried out in the laboratory.
Oral exam to test the full comprehension of the subject.
Evaluation of the assays relating to the experiments performed in the laboratory.
Assessment criteria: Student evaluation is based on:
(i) skills aquired in the experimental lab and the ability to write a a clear and concise report on the experiments performed in the laboratory.
(ii) ability to learn and elaborate independently the subjects taught in the class and reinforced in the laboratory, through the solution of excersises and the discussion of the contents of the course, including the pratical section, during the oral exam.
Course unit contents: General introduction to spectroscopy: basic description of the electromagnetic radiation;
Light-matter interaction: absorption and emission and Einstein theory.
IR absorption spetcroscopy: basic principles, vibrational normal modes and dipole transition moments in polyatomic molecules.
UV-Visible absorption spectroscopy: electronic and vibronic transitions, chromphores and Franck-Condon progression. Interpretation of UV-Vis absorption spectra.
Emission spectroscopy: fluorescence and phosphorescence, radiative emission, fate of electronic excited states, fluorphores description.
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy: basic principles and description of the NMR spectrum.
Basics on Fourier-transformed spectroscopic techniques.

Experimental actvity in the lab:
a) Set-up of optical instrumentation (polarimeter) and correct use of state of the art instrumentation for optical and magnetic spectroscopy: (FT-IR, UV-Vis absorption, NMR spectrometer, fluorimeter).
b) Learn how to analyze the optical and magnetic spectra to infer information on the structure and properties of the molecules, as well as kinetic and thermodynamic parameters inherent to chemical tranformations.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: 5 CFU (40 hours) to teach basic principles and explain the pratical activity, 1 CFU (10 hours) of exercises on the application of the models learned in the theory, and 6 CFU (72 hours) of laboratory.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Technical lab notes on the experiments.
Lecture slides and notes
For additional in depth study:
-P. W. Atkins, R. S. Friedman,
Molecular Quantum Mechanics,
Oxford University Press;
--R.J. Silbey, R.A. Alberty and M.G. Bawendi,
Physical chemistry (fourth edition), Wiley.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • P. W. Atkins e Julio de Paula, Chimica Fisica. --: Zanichelli, --. solo consultazione Cerca nel catalogo
  • P. W. Atkins e Julio de Paula, Physical Chemistry. --: Oxford University Press, --. consultation only Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Matlab

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