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CHE 505: Physical Chemistry I

This course begins with the fundamentals of classical thermodynamics, developing the subject matter from a molecular and statistical point of view. The usefulness of thermodynamics and associated statistical methods in understanding molecular events in chemical reactions is stressed. The kinetics of chemical processes are treated for reactions in both gaseous and condensed phases, with an emphasis on current reaction dynamics. The next portion of the course is devoted towards a review of the fundamentals of quantum mechanics. Modern methods for calculating the electronic structure of molecules are outlined. Students learn how to carry out computations using quantum chemical software.