CHEM408-001                                               Physical Chemistry II                                                     Spring 2017

Professor Maria C. Gelabert                                                       Sims 314A, x4939

MWF 11:00-12:15 (3 credit hours)        Google Classroom code: 7nukym9         Office Hours: M 1-2, TW 9:30-10:30

Lecture Schedule


Physical Chemistry, Ball, Cengage Learning 2015. (print or eText)

Applied Mathematics for Physical Chemistry, Barrante, 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall 2003.


Engel, T. Quantum Chemistry & Spectroscopy; Pearson: New York, 2013.

Course Synopsis and Goals

The second semester of physical chemistry contains four major topics: quantum mechanics, bonding, and spectroscopy with continuation of statistical thermodynamics and an introduction to solid state chemistry. We will progress from atomic to molecular structure with different qualitative models and computational chemistry, then branch into rotational, vibrational and electronic spectroscopy. The solid state section will include bonding, defects, electronic behavior, optical properties and nanoscience.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate their mastery with problem solving skills, which use the following:

*   Identification of specific physical chemistry topics and applicable mathematics;

*   Ability to use and carry mathematics forward for problem solving;

*   Critical assimilation of simple problem solving to handle more complex tasks.


Every class period will consist of student homework questions, lecture and example problem solving.


Homework (2-3 problems) will be assigned after every lecture and due for a grade at the beginning of the next lecture. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you miss class, you miss the homework unless sent in with a trusted friend or emailed/posted by 11:00.  Students are encouraged to ask homework questions during office hours and at the beginning of every class. Four quizzes, each consisting of an extended homework problem, will be administered at the beginning of class; the lowest quiz grade will be dropped. Four exams will be administered along with a cumulative final exam scheduled for 8:00 am, Thursday, April 27. The highest exam score (including the final) will count 10%. All quizzes and exams are closed-book and include


formula sheet, fundamental constants and periodic table. Percentages and minimum letter grades are below.

Homework       10%                              100-90           A, A–

Quizzes            15%                              89-80             B+, B, B–

Exams (4)          45%                              79-70             C+, C, C–

Final Exam       20%                              69-60             D

Highest Exam   10%                              59 or below   F

Attendance, Make-up policy and Syllabus changes

No make-up exams will be administered. Early exams will be considered for university-sanctioned absences. For unanticipated absences accompanied by appropriate documentation, I will consider dropping 1 exam score. Regular attendance is expected and crucial for satisfactory performance in this course. Any syllabus changes will be to the lecture schedule only, and communicated on Blackboard via a modified lecture schedule file.

Students with Disabilities

Winthrop University is dedicated to providing access to education. If you have a disability and require specific accommodations to complete this course, contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) at 803-323-3290. Once you have your official notice of accommodations from the Office of Disability Services, please inform me as early as possible in the semester.

Student Conduct Code

As noted in the Student Conduct Code: "Responsibility for good conduct rests with students as adult individuals." The student Academic Misconduct Policy is outlined in the Student Conduct Code in the online Student Handbook: Further, academic integrity is one of the tenets of the Winthrop University Dedication for Excellence.