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Quantum mechanics, thermodynamic, applications


The module is devoted to the basic tools in theoretical chemistry. It is divided in three parts. The first part gives the basic tools of quantum mechanics theory (Schrodinger equation, application with basic models, quantum wells, harmonic oscillator, rotator, hydrogenic atom). The cursus also intoduces approximate methods (perturbation theory and variational method. The second part is devoted to molecular orbital theory in quantum chemistry (molecular orbital diagrams, interaction of fragment orbitals, electronic structure). Computation of electronic structures are illustrated by simulations on computors. The third part gives the basic tools of statistical mechanics (Gibbs ensembles, partition function, relations between partition functions and thermodynamical properties). it also gives the basis for simulations in condensed phase by taking into account intermolecular forces. Examples from the industrial life are given.


The objective is to give theoretical tools which are used in different other modules, for example in spectroscopy and in computational chemistry and simulations in physical chemistry.

Recommended Books Interaction in Chemistry, T.A. Albright, A. Burdett, M.H. Wangbo, John Wiley & Sons, 1985
Molecular Quantum Mechanics, P. W. Atkins and R. S. Friedman, Oxford University Press
Introduction to Modern Statistical Mechanics, David Chandler, Oxford University Press 1987

Teaching Staff

Michèle Desouter-Lecomte (Course coordinator) [Learn more...]
David Lauvergnat [Learn more...]


Lecture: 25 h
Tutorial: 5 h
Practical courses: 10 h

Grading System

Final exam: 80 %
Practical course: 20 %

About SERP-Chem

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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