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 9:1010:00 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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Notices/Announcements:
 Final Exam is graded  all scores are now
posted. Tentative final grades are also posted and will
be finalized on Zzusis on Friday.
Staff and Office Hours:
Instructor:
Prof. Kirk Peterson
Office: Fulmer
104B (3357867)
Office
Hours: Tues, 45pm,
Fri, 23pm (or by appointment)
Email:
kipeters@wsu.edu
Class Web Page (this site):
http://tyr0.chem.wsu.edu/~kipeters/Chem332/
Grading:

points 
3 hour
exams 
600 
homework 
150 
final
exam 
250 
total 
1000 
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
 Historical
Background (blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect,
atomic line spectra, Bohr hydrogen atom, de Broglie waves,
Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle)
 Classical
and Quantum Waves (classical wave equations,
Schrödinger equation, operators, Postulates of Quantum
Mechanics)
 Quantum
Mechanics of Model Systems (free particle, particle in
a box, particle on a ring, simple harmonic oscillator)
 Angular
Momentum (operators, spherical harmonics)
 Vibrational
and Rotational Spectroscopy of Diatomic Molecules
 The Hydrogen
Atom (overview of solutions, wave functions and
orbitals)
 Many
Electron Atoms (He atom, electron spin, antisymmetry of
the wavefunction, Slater determinants)
 Coupling of
Angular Momentum in Atoms (term symbols, atomic
spectroscopy)
 Approximation
Methods (variation technique, perturbation theory)
 Homonuclear
Diatomic Molecules (the molecular Hamiltonian,
BornOppenheimer approximation, solutions for H_{2}^{+},
molecular orbitals)
 Molecular
Structure of Polyatomic Molecules (hybridization, MO
theory, Hückel method)
Homework
 Problem Set 1 (due at beginning of
class, Wednesday, Jan. 16th); solutions here
 Problem Set 2 (due at beginning of
class, Friday, Jan. 25th); solutions here
 Problem Set 3 (due on Friday, Feb. 1st);
solutions here
 Problem Set 4 (due on Friday, Feb.
15th); solutions here
 Problem Set 5 (due on Wednesday, Feb.
27th); solutions here
 Problem Set 6 (due on Wednesday, March
6th); solutions here
 Problem Set 7 (due on Wednesday, March
27th); solutions here
 Problem Set 8 (due on Friday, April
5th); solutions here
 Problem Set 9 (due on Monday, April
15th); solutions here
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 handdrawn graphs! Please minimize the use of your
calculator's solver button as well as Wolfram Alpha
Exam
Solutions
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