Chemistry 351 Advanced Physical Chemistry/Quantum Chemistry
Computer Guided Reading/Testing
Physical Chemistry 351
the University of Connecticut
This site contains readings in Advanced Physical Chemistry and Theoretical
Chemistry, specifically, Quantum Mechanics and Statistical Mechanics, with an
emphasis on chemical applications.
When this site was created, it was created as a Computer Guided Reading site in which the student had to answer questions from the text as the text proceeded.
This was an experiment, designed to check whether interactive reading would enhance understanding of material presented.
However, as time passed, these readings were abandoned, and the material converted to standard texts, not because the method fails, but because is succeeds too well, making reading these texts onerous.
The following warning was intended to remind students that "Big Brother" was watching.
Notice that Guided Reading means what it says, you can not simply read the
material contained in this site, you must answer questions about the material
as you proceed.
Be forewarned that I monitor your reading progress.
to use these materials. This will take you to the perl program which runs the various
This is the main site for Chemistry 351, Quantum Chemistry.
We will start with reading the section concerning Fourier Series, with which we will start the course.
Our path through this material starts with function spaces, hence the Fourier
Series introduction, and then proceeds on to the five standard
problems in QM, Particle in a Box,
H-atom, and H2+.
During that time, we also consider angular momentum in some depth.
Students are expected to be reading the appropriate material before lecture.
This site is dedicated to both learning quantum chemistry and
Computer Guided Reading (CGR) reading.
CGR is a scheme in which students/readers answer questions while they read
which, when answered correctly, open up more text for reading.
The earliest CGR texts (below) were composed using LaTeX2HTML, resulting in
equations which appeared in browsers as gif files.
This is not the best scheme, and a new (~2002-3) scheme has been introduced
in which readings are presented to the reader in pdf form, which is
clearer and easier to read (and print).
Depending on work load, I may convert the older readings to pdf form,
since students appear to prefer this form.
I would like to thank all the students who have labored mightily to help
expunge the inevitable typos which infested these materials.
I would also like to thank my wife who has suffered my insane desire to
improve this site.
These materials are proof certain that "time on task" is not a necessary
nor a sufficient condition for learning.
These are a dsp2 orbital (hybrid) shown in CountourPlot3D
format and Countour form.
Quantum Chemistry (including Statistical Mechanics
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After long (and sorry) experience, the following warning
All messages concerning what's wrong with this site are gratefully appreciated.
Errors in the texts, formatting problems, broken links, etc., are all fair game.
One warning. The footnotes and internal links to earlier equations, etc., are all
non-working, since the original intention of Latex2HTML was to provide
a single document, and we have converted that into several sub-documents.
So, please ignore what look like live links to equations in other parts
of other documents.
This is a link to
undergraduate pchem problems
Here is an UpToDate List of Physical Constants From England
Updating starting July 12, 2010