Fall 2023

Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy

Listed in: Chemistry, as CHEM-351


Helen O Leung (Sections 01, 01L and 02L)
Mark D. Marshall (Sections 01, 01L and 02L)


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, and fluorescence spectra. Appropriate laboratory work will be arranged. Three hours of class and four hours of laboratory per week.

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

Fall semester: Professors Leung and Marshall.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference given to Amherst College chemistry majors, others by class year.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: In-class exams, quantitative work, laboratory work.

CHEM 351 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM SCCE E210
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM SCCE E210

CHEM 351 - LAB

Section 01L
W 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM SCCE C001

Section 02L
Th 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM SCCE C001

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

Section(s) ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
All Quantum Chemistry, 2nd ed. University Science Books Donald A. McQuarrie TBD


Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Fall 2023, Fall 2024