Chem 332: Physical Chemistry II (Spring 2013)

Course Description: Elementary quantum theory; atomic electronic structure; molecular structure and spectra; bonding theory

Prerequisites: Math 220 and Chem 331, each with a grade of C or better

Class Schedule: MWF 9:10-10:00 am in Fulmer 150 (note the room change)

Textbook: Physical Chemistry,  T. Engel and P. Reid, 3rd ed. (Prentice Hall, 2012)

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Staff and Office Hours:


    Prof. Kirk Peterson

      Office: Fulmer 104B (335-7867)

      Office Hours: Tues, 4-5pm, Fri, 2-3pm (or by appointment)


Class Web Page (this site):


Grading Scale:

85 - 100%: A

80 - 84.9: A-/B+

70 - 79.9: B

65 - 69.9: B-/C+

59 - 64.9: C

56 - 58.9: C-

50 - 55.9: D

< 50% : F

Notes: Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated. This includes the inappropriate use of solution manuals for homework sets, as well as the usual forms of copying, etc.
            Note that homework is not a group project.
            At the discretion of the instructor, the grading scale may be curved downwards, but never upwards.

Tentative Schedule of Lecture Topics


General notes on homework assignments

(1) Show all work in order to get credit - this includes major unit conversions too (partial credit will be given, but only if I can figure out what you actually did)

(2) Use full precision for fundamental constants and masses - the data should dictate the final precision and not your rounding of known constants

(3) All final answers should have appropriate units noted

(4) Be aware of significant figures in your final result (but don't go crazy on them)

(5) No hand-drawn graphs!  Please minimize the use of your calculator's solver button as well as Wolfram Alpha

Exam Solutions

Class Resources


Last revised (more or less): January 2, 2013
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