Fall 2020

Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy

Listed in: Chemistry, as CHEM-351

Formerly listed as: CHEM-44


Helen O. Leung (Section 01)


The theory of quantum mechanics is developed and applied to spectroscopic experiments. Topics include the basic principles of quantum mechanics; the structure of atoms, molecules, and solids; and the interpretation of infrared, visible, fluorescence, and NMR spectra. Appropriate laboratory work will be arranged. Three hours of class and four hours of laboratory per week.

In Fall 2020, it is hoped that the CHEM 351 lectures will be offered in-person with all meetings also accessible to students who participate in the class through remote learning.  The laboratory sections will be offered in an online format.  Office hours will be offered both in person and online.

Requisite: CHEM 161 or 165, CHEM 221, MATH 121, PHYS 116 or 123. Limited to 24 students.

Fall semester. Professor Leung.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to Amherst College chemistry majors, others by class year.


Lab Science Course, Quantitative Reasoning


2020-21: Offered in Fall 2020
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020