Spring Schedule
Chem 452
PChem II
10:00-10:50 AMMWFKC 301
Chem 452
PChem II Lab
1:00-5:00 PMThKC 301
Chem 201/301
Chemistry Seminar
3:00-3:50 PMFKC 101
Office Hours: M 1:30-4:30 PM; Tu 9:30 to 11:30 and 1:30 to 4:30 PM

Course Descriptions

Chemistry 452, Physical Chemistry

A four credit hour course designed for chemistry majors who are interested in industrial employment, graduate school and/or professional school (such as medicine). After a discussion of chemical kinetics and reaction mechanisms, we will spend the remainder of the semester examining the microscopic behavior of atoms and molecules using quantum theory. Concepts from quantum theory will then form the basis of a discussion of the spectroscopy of atoms and molecules. Electronic, infrared and magnetic resonance spectroscopies will be emphasized in the course.

Much of our time in lab will be spent using various spectroscopic techniques. The nitrogen-pumped dye laser will be used to obtain the emission spectra of iodine and the uranyl ion. You will model the intensities of the uranyl ion emission by calculating Franck-Condon factors within Igor Pro using vibrational wavefunctions. A dynamic chemical process will be studied using the high-field NMR, and EPR will be used to obtain the angle-dependent spectra of a ruby crystal. We will also obtain the infrared rotational-vibrational spectrum of hydrogen chloride gas and the components of tobacco smoke. I am sure you will enjoy this lab!

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