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SCO2045328, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1157, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 7.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY 2
Department of reference Department of Chemical Sciences
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Language of instruction Italian
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Teacher in charge ANTONIO TOFFOLETTI CHIM/02
Other lecturers MARCO RUZZI CHIM/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses CHIM/02 Physical Chemistry 7.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 10 15.0 No turn
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018
Show course schedule 2020/21 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 2019/20 20/01/2014 30/11/2020 TOFFOLETTI ANTONIO (Presidente)
MENEGHETTI MORENO (Membro Effettivo)
RUZZI MARCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Mathematics, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physical Chemistry 1
Target skills and knowledge: Acquire the basic principles of quantum mechanics. Understand how quantum mechanics describes atoms, molecules and their energy states. Know the basic principles of the interaction between electromagnetic waves and matter. Understand the principles of absorption, emission and "scattering" spectroscopies.
Examination methods: One written exam followed by an oral interview.
Assessment criteria: Will be evaluated both the knowledge of the contents indicated in the following, and the general understanding of the physico-chemical approach to the description of the atomic and molecular structure and to the interaction of such chemical species with electromagnetic radiation.
Course unit contents: The origin of quantum mechanics: experiments and basic theories of the discretization of the energy and the particle-wave duality. Dynamics of molecular systems: the Schroedinger equation. Postulates of quantum mechanics. Quantistic models for translational, rotational and vibrational motions. Introduction to time-independent perturbation theory. Quantum-mechanical solutions for the hydrogen atom. Spin angular momentum and states with different spin multiplicity. Variational principle and mean field theory for many electrons atoms. Spin-orbit coupling. Born-Oppenheimer approximation. Chemical bond theories: molecular orbital theory and valence bond description. Molecular orbitals for polyatomic molecules: Hückel method and mean field theories (Hartree-Fock and DFT). Electromagnetic radiation-matter interaction and mention to the time-dependent perturbation theory. Introduction to rotational spectroscopy. Models for quantum mechanical vibration, and normal modes of vibration. Infrared spectroscopy and "scattering" Raman. Normal modes in polyatomic molecules. Electronic spectroscopy: absorption, fluorescence and phosphorescence. Frank-Condon principle. Magnetic spectroscopy: principles of NMR and EPR. Scalar coupling J in NMR, its origin and its consequences on the NMR spectrum. Coupling of Fermi.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Classroom lessons carried out with the aid of the slide show. Some slides will be made available to the students.
Solution in classroom of numerical exercises on atomic and molecular systems with the theoretical tools covered in the lectures. Examples of theoretical approach to problems related to the course content.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Some of the slides projected in the classroom (those concerning topics covered not thoroughly in the text book) will be made available to the students.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Peter Atkins, Julio De Paula, Physical Chemistry. --: Oxford University Press, 2010. ninth edition Cerca nel catalogo
  • Peter Atkins, Julio De Paula, Chimica Fisica. --: Zanichelli, 2012. Quinta edizione italiana Cerca nel catalogo