Griffin, Robert Guy, 5.61 Physical Chemistry, Fall 2007. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed 09 Jul, 2010). License: Creative Commons BYNCSA
Wavefunctions and probability distributions for the first four energy levels of the quantum harmonic oscillator. (Illustration courtesy of OCW.)
This course presents an introduction to quantum mechanics. It begins with an examination of the historical development of quantum theory, properties of particles and waves, wave mechanics and applications to simple systems — the particle in a box, the harmonic oscillator, the rigid rotor and the hydrogen atom. The lectures continue with a discussion of atomic structure and the Periodic Table. The final lectures cover applications to chemical bonding including valence bond and molecular orbital theory, molecular structure, spectroscopy.
Acknowledgements
The material for 5.61 has evolved over a period of many years, and, accordingly, several faculty members have contributed to the development of the course contents. The original version of the lecture notes that are available on OCW was prepared in the early 1990's by Prof. Sylvia T. Ceyer. These were revised and transcribed to electronic form primarily by Prof. Keith A. Nelson. The current version includes additional contributions by Professors Moungi G. Bawendi, Robert W. Field, Robert G. Griffin, Robert J. Silbey and John S. Waugh, all of whom have taught the course in the recent past.
Syllabus
Textbook
McQuarrie, Donald A. Quantum Chemistry. 2nd ed. Sausalito, CA: University Science Books, 2007. ISBN: 9781891389504.
Other Books
Atkins, P., and J. de Paula. Physical Chemistry. 7th ed. New York, NY: W.H. Freeman and Company, 2001. ISBN: 9780716735397.
Silbey, R., R. Alberty, and M. Bawendi. Physical Chemistry. 4th ed. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 2004. ISBN: 9780471215042.
Karplus, M., and R. Porter. Atoms and Molecules: An Introduction for Students of Physical Chemistry. Reading, MA: Addison Wesley, 1970. ISBN: 9780805352184.
Exams
There will be three onehour examinations during the term and a regularly scheduled final examination. An information sheet summarizing details of the examinations will be distributed prior to each examination. All of the exams will be closednotes and closedbook. Tutorial reviews will be held prior to each exam.
Homework
Problems will be assigned every week. Late problem sets are not accepted. Homework will be graded by the recitation instructor and returned in recitation.
Grading
A total of 600 points is possible in the course as follows:
Grading criteria.
ACTIVITIES 
POINTS 
Homework 
100 
Exams 
300 (100 each) 
Final exam 
200 
Total 
600 
Tutorial Reviews
These will be held prior to each exam.
Calendar
The calendar below provided information on the course's lecture (L) and exam (E) sessions.
Course calendar.
SES # 
TOPICS 
KEY DATES 
L1 
Historical development 

L2 
The atom of Niels Bohr 

L3 
Wave nature, de Broglie wavelength 

L4 
Uncertainty principle 

L5 
Stationary waves, Schrödinger equation 
Problem set 1 due 
L6 
Particle in a box 

L7 
Probabilities, expectation values, operators I 

L8 
Probabilities, expectation values, operators II 
Problem set 2 due 
L9 
Postulates of quantum mechanics I 

L10 
Postulates of quantum mechanics II 
Problem set 3 due 
L11 
Classic harmonic oscillator 

L12 
Quantum harmonic oscillator 

E1 
First hour exam 

L13 
Tunneling 

L14 
Three dimensional systems 
Problem set 4 due 
L15 
Rigid rotor 

L16 
Spherical harmonics 

L17 
Angular momenta 

L18 
Hydrogen atom I 
Problem set 5 due 
L19 
Hydrogen atom II 

L20 
Variation principle 

L21 
Helium atom 

E2 
Second hour exam 

L22 
HartreeFock, SCF 

L23 
Electron spin 
Problem set 6 due 
L24 
Pauli principle 

L25 
BornOppenheimer approximation 

L26 
Molecular orbital theory, H_{2}^{+} 

L27 
LCAOMO theory 
Problem set 7 due 
E3 
Third hour exam 

L28 
Qualitative molecular orbital theory 

L29 
Modern electronic structure theory 

L30 
Interaction of light with matter 

L31 
Vibrational spectra 
Problem set 8 due 
L32 
NMR spectroscopy I 

L33 
NMR spectroscopy II 

L34 
Perturbation theory 
Problem set 9 due 
L35 
Vibrational anharmonicity 

L36 
Crystal field states 

E4 
Final exam 
