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Course unit
SCO2045334, A.A. 2018/19

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Information on the course unit
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 11.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY 2
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Chemical Sciences
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
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 GIORGIO MORO CHIM/02
Other lecturers MIRCO ZERBETTO CHIM/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses CHIM/02 Physical Chemistry 11.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 3.0 30 45.0 No turn
Lecture 8.0 64 136.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 a.a. 2018/19 27/01/2014 30/11/2019 MORO GIORGIO (Presidente)
DURANTE CHRISTIAN (Membro Effettivo)
FRANCO LORENZO (Membro Effettivo)
FREZZATO DIEGO (Membro Effettivo)
ORIAN LAURA (Membro Effettivo)
POLIMENO ANTONINO (Membro Effettivo)
ZERBETTO MIRCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Istituzioni di matematiche, Fisica generale I.
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge of the methods of quantum mechanics.
Knowledge of the quantum mechanical description of atoms and molecules, and of their properties.
Capability of evaluating quantum mechanical properties of model systems.
Capability of interpreting experimental observables according to molecular properties.
Examination methods: Written examination (replaceable by partial written examinations during the course) and oral examination
Assessment criteria: Knowledge of physical chemistry methods for the description of molecula systems and their properties.
Capability of applying physical chemistry methods to specific molecular systems
Summary of the classical mechanics principles, inconsistencies of a classical descriptions of atoms and molecules.
The principles of quantum mechanics: wavefunction, operators and observables, expectation values of obsevables, probabilistic interpretation of measurements of quantum systems.
The Hamiltonian operator, the time dependent Schroedinger equation and its solutions.
Quantum mechanical description of the translational, vibrational and rotational motion with reference to model systems.
Properties of angular momentum operators and spherical harmonics.
Interaction with elctromagnetic radiations and transition moments.
Structure of the hydrogen atom and of one-electron atoms.
Electron and nuclear spin, magnetic properties.
Atoms with several electrons. Electronic configurations. The Pauli exclusion principle and the symmetry of the electronic wavefunction.
Multiplet structure of excitations spectra and spectroscopic selection rules.
The molecular ion H2+. The Hydrogen molecule.
Biatomic molecules. Molecules with several atoms.
Approximation methods of solution of the Schroedinger equation. The variational method, The self-consistent-field method of Hartree-Fock. The Huckel approximation.
Molecular symmetries, symmetry groups and their representations, the use of character tables.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Classroom lectures for the presentation and the discussion of each part of the overall program.
Classroom sections for exercises and applications with calculation examples.
Self evaluation test periodiaclly proposed to the students
Additional notes about suggested reading: The slides of the lectures, together with the exercises, are made available in electronic format.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • P. Atkins. J. de Paula, Chimica Fisica. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • D. A. McQuarrie, J. D. Simon, Chimica fisica - Un approccio molecolare. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2000. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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