## Chemistry 452/750 - Winter 2008

*"Molecular Spectroscopy"*

Lectures: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30-12:50 in the 'Mini-Link' room [C2-278 in
Waterloo]

**Instructor: ***Robert J. Le Roy*

**Office:** ESC-332

**Phone:** 888-4051 (on campus, ext. 84051)

**e-mail:** leroy@uwaterloo.ca [*Please put 'c452' or 'chem452' or
'chem 750 ' in the subject line to help me separate your e-mail from
spam!*]

**www:**
http://leroy.uwaterloo.ca

Textbook: "*Spectra of Atoms and Molecules* by P.F. Bernath (2'nd
Edition, Oxford University Press, 2005; ISBN 0-19-517759-2). Note that for
our purposes, the first edition (1995) would be completely adequate.

** Course Outline and Reference List**

### Glossary

This course discusses a wide range of topics in spectroscopy, in the course
of which it introduces a large number of technical terms or symbols, many of
which are listed in the attached **glossary of terms
**. One measure of your understanding of the subject is your ability
to recognize and understand these terms, so one final exam question will list
a selection of **these terms** and ask you to
identify them and explain what they mean.
### Lecture Notes

The lectures will be based around the skeleton notes found at the following
links. It is highly recommended that you print a single-sided (to allow
ourself room for extra writing) copy of these outline notes and bring them to
class. A photocopied set of my annotated `after-lecture' notes is on reserve
in the Davis Centre library under call number UWD-1367 (*last updated:
Thursday March 20*).

**1. Introduction: Background, and the Nature of Light
**

**2. The Schrodinger Equation for Nuclear Motion
**

**3. Rotational Spectroscopy of Diatomic Molecules
**

**4. Rotational Spectroscopy of Polyatomic Molecules
**

**5. Vibrational Spectroscopy of Diatomic
Molecules**

**6. Vibrational Spectroscopy of Polyatomic
Molecules**

**7. Raman Spectroscopy**
(*12 pp. posted March 21 @ 15:18*)

**8. Electronic Spectroscopy of Diatomic Molecules**
(*17 pp. posted March 28 @ 17:41*. Note that we will skip Section 8.1 {pp.
1-5})

### Problem Sets & Test

**Problem Set #1:**
and **solutions **

**Problem Set #2:**
and **solutions **

**Problem Set #3:**
and **solutions **

**Problem Set #4:**
and **solutions **

**Problem Set #5:**
and **solutions **

**Problem Set #6:** Illustrative Raman and Electronic
Spectroscopy Problem for *practise !*

**TEST SOLUTIONS **

**SAMPLE EXAM **
### Supplemental Links

The complete on-line *Handbook of
Chemistry and Physics* (http://www.hbcpnetbase.com), which is
accessible from any UWaterloo IP address, contains extensive mathematical
tables, including integral tables, and properties of series, orthogonal
polynomials and other special functions encountered in physical chemistry.
The *Handbook
of Mathematical Functions*
(http://www.knovel.com/knovel2/Toc.jsp?BookID=528), by M. Abramowitz & I.A.
Stegun, contains extensive summaries of the properties and tablulations of
many of the special mathematical functions encountered in physics and
chemistry.

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