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Archived Version 2004 - 2005

Module Title Spectroscopy and Physical Chemistry
Module Code CS202
School School of Chemical Sciences

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Dermot BroughamOffice NumberX117
Level 2 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
To introduce the basic concepts of spectroscopy as well as electrochemistry, equilibria and also discusses the general physical properties of molecules. To develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of spectroscopy. To develop problem solving skills with reasoning. To understand the theory underlying spectroscopy and electrochemistry and provide a background to practical laboratory training.

Learning Outcomes
Students should be familiar with: 7 Vibrational spectroscopy. 7 Electronic spectroscopy 7 Nuclear Magnetic resonance spectroscopy 7 Electrochemistry

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 36
Tutorials 6
Laboratories 0
Seminars 0
Independent Learning Time 33

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
SPECTROSCOPY General: Modes of excitation; electronic, bond deformation, rotational, nuclear spin inversion. Introduction; Energy Levels: Schrodinger equation: solve for particle in one dimensional box. Concept of energy levels: Thermal population of energy levels. Vibration Spectra: Hooke's Law, SH oscillator, force constants, zero point energy. The anharmonic oscillator, the Morse function. Selection rules. Vibration - rotation spectra. Vibrations of polyatomic molecules, fundamental vibrations, overtones and combination bands. Electronic Spectroscopy: Shape of orbitals -Orbital angular momentum, spin angular momentum, total angular momentum, J. Many electron atoms, Alkali - metal spectra. Angular momentum of many electron atoms, Russell - Saunders coupling, term symbols. Helium and the alkaline earths. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectra Spectroscopy: Angular spin momentum of a nucleus. I, interaction with magnetic field, Bohr Nuclear energy levels in a magnetic field. Larmor precession frequency. Factors influencing chemical shift, Origin of spin-spin coupling and its use in structural determinations. Quantitative Analysis by Spectroscopy; Relationship between absorption, concentration. Basic instrumentation Beer-Lambert Law and introduction to extinction coefficients. Deviations from Beer-Lambert Law. Ultra-violet and visible spectrophotometry. Electronic transitions in simple, conjugated, aromatic and heterocyclic compounds. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY Electrochemistry: Electrochemical cells: galvanic and electrolytic, electrodes, potential of interfaces, standard emf, measurement of emf, types of electrodes, construction of electrodes, ion- selective electrodes.
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Indicative Reading List
Essential: Physical Chemistry, Atkins, Oxford University Press, 1994.
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