Fall 2016 - CHEM 464 D100

Quantum Chemistry (3)

Class Number: 4100

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 5006, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2016
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 5005, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CHEM 260, MATH 232, 251; or PHYS 385. Recommended: MATH 310.



Fundamentals of quantum mechanics and its principal results and techniques as applied to atoms and molecules: atomic structure, molecular bonding, rotations and vibrations of molecules, symmetry of atomic and molecular orbitals. Students with credit for CHEM 469 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.


Combined graduate course: CHEM 864 - Quantum Chemistry (3)

3 lecture hours/week; 1 tutorial hour/week

General course content:

  1. Historical background
  2. Foundations of quantum mechanics
  3. Particle in a box and harmonic oscillator
  4. Angular momentum and the hydrogen atom
  5. Variational principle
  6. Perturbation theory
  7. Helium and spin angular momentum
  8. Addition of angular momentum
  9. Born-Oppenheimer approximation
  10. Hydrogen molecule cation
  11. Hydrogen molecule
  12. Computational techniques


  • Assignments 30%
  • Midterm Exam 15%
  • Final Exam 55%



  1. Ira N. Levine. Quantum Chemistry. 6th Edition.
  2. Peter W. Atkins & Ronald S. Friedman. Molecular Quantum Mechanics. 4th Edition.
  3. C. Cohen-Tannoudji, B. Diu & F. Laloe. Quantum Mechanics.
  4. Donald A. McQuarrie. Quantum Chemistry.
  5. Robert Eisberg & Robert Resnick. Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

A grade of C- or better is required for all prerequisite courses.

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