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Course Notes
59-341 Symmetry & Spectroscopy Winter 2004
Course Notes

Winter 2003 wqs the first time this course was offered, and notes were be posted over the course of the term (all in pdf format).  In Winter 2004, modifications to the notes will be made as the term progresses, please do not download notes until modifications have been indicated.   Email rschurko@uwindsor.ca for password access to these notes.

Visiting students and academics from other universities, as well as students thinking about taking this course - please send me an email: rschurko@uwindsor.ca if you would like the password to access these notes.

All reading assignments refer to Atkins 6th or 7th Edition, unless otherwise noted.
All problems correspond to Atkins 6th Edition.

# Date Title Reading Problems
0 Jan. 8 Introduction to Spectroscopy n/a n/a
1 Jan. 10, 13 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 11.1, 11.2 Ex. 11.2, 11.4, 11.5, 11.6, 11.7
2 Jan. 13, 15 Schroedinger Equation & the Born Interpretation 11.3, 11.4 Ex. 11.8, 11.9, 11.10, 11.12, 11.14, 11.15, 11.16.  Prob. 1.8.
3 Jan. 15, 17 Meaning of Wavefunctions; Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle 11.5, 11.6 Prob. 11.10, 11.12, 11.13, 11.19
4 Jan. 17, 20 Applications of the Schroedinger Equation to Hydrogen Emission Spectra 13.1, 13.2, 13.3 Prob. 11.16
Ex. 13.1, 13.2, 13.3, 13.4, 13.6
Examples 13.2 and 13.3
5 Jan. 22, 24 Angular Momentum 12.6-12.8, 13.10 Ex. 13.7
Ex. 12.14, 12.15, 12.16
Prob. 12.15, 12.17, 12.19
6 Jan. 24, 27 Schroedinger Equation and Different Types of Motion 12.6, 16.4 (first part - rot.)
12.4, 12.5 (vib.)
12.1, 12.2 (trans.)
PIOB: Ex. 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, 12.4,12.5
RR: Ex. 16.2, 16.3,16.4
SHO: Ex. 12.7, 12.8, 12.9, 12.10, 12.12, 12.13
7 Jan. 27, 29 Interaction of Radiation with Matter 16.1-16.3 Ex. 16.1, 16.16, 16.17,16.18, 16.19, 16.20
8 Jan. 29, 31, Feb. 3 General Experimental Methods in Spectroscopy n/a Please study notes
9 Feb. 5, 7 Introduction to Group Theory 15.1, 15.2 Ex. 15.1, 15.2, 15.8, 15.9, 15.10
10 Feb. 10, 12 Character Tables & Vibrational Spectroscopy 15.3, parts of 15.4, 15.5, 16.15 Ex. 15.5, 16.12
Feb. 14 Mid-Term #1 Lectures 0-9 In class, 50 minutes
11 Feb. 17, 19 Consequences of Symmetry 15.4, 15.5, 15.6 Ex. 15.3, 15.4, 15.6, 15.11, 15.12, 15.13, 15.14
Try examples 15.6, 15.7
12 Feb. 19, 21 Rotational Spectroscopy 16.4-16.6 Ex. 16.5, 16.6, 16.13
Prob. 16.3, 16.14, 16.20
Feb. 24-28 Study Week No Classes
13 Mar. 3, 5 Rotational Raman Spectroscopy & Structural Determination 16.7-16.8 Ex. 16.7, 16.8, 16.15, 16.24
Example 16.4, p. 473
14 Mar. 5, 7 Introduction to Vibrational Spectroscopy: Diatomics 16.9-16.13 Ex. 16.10, 16.11, 16.14, 16.20, 16.21, 16.22, 16.23
Mar. 14 Mid-Term #2 Lectures 10-14 In class, 50 minutes
15 Mar. 17, 19 Vibrational Spectra of Polyatomics & Vibrational Selection Rules 16.14-16.16 16.26, 16.27
16 Mar. 19, 21 Vibrational Spectra of Polyatomics, Part II TBA TBA (assignment #2)
17 Mar. 24, 26, 28 Electronic Spectroscopy of Atoms 13.2 - 13.10 Ex. 13.8, 13.9, 13.11, 13.14, 13.15, 13.16, 13.17, 13.18, 13.19
18 Mar. 28, 31 Electronic Spectroscopy of Atoms: Some Examples 13.2 - 13.10 Ex. 13.13
19 Mar. 31, Apr. 2 Electronic Spectroscopy of Molecules: MO Theory & Selection Rules 14.4-14.7 Ex. 14.1, 14.2, 14.3, 14.6, 14.7
20 Apr. 4, 7 Electronic Spectra & Fate of Excited Electronic States Chapter 17 Electonic Spectra of Molecules Practice Problems
21 Apr. 9, 11 Electronic Spectroscopy of Polyatomics Chapter 17 Electonic Spectra of Molecules Practice Problems
Apr. 16 Final Exam Comprehensive, Focus on Lectures 14-22 Room 2130 Erie Hall, 9:00 a.m.

End of material at lecture 22.

Total number of assigned A-list problems: 89

Some slides have errors or have been modified.  Please download the newly modifed acorbat files, and print out the modified slides, as described below:

*Fixed errors in Lecture 10, slides 6, 12 and 13 revised. - Feb. 12, 2003
*New information on Lecture 13, slide 9 (Rotational Raman Spec) - Mar. 10, 2003
*Fixed slide 11, lecture 12, adjusted equation for wavenumbers - Mar. 26, 2003
*Fixed slide 19, lecture 14, P(J+1) instead of P(J-1) - Mar. 26, 2003

If you find any mistakes or questionable equations/ideas in your notes, please email me and I will correct the notes ASAP.

Last Updated Apr. 10, 2003
Copyright Rob Schurko 2002, 2003.