Spring 2020 - CHEM 462 D100

Molecular Spectroscopy (3)

Class Number: 4717

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 5018, Burnaby

    Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 4130, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 23, 2020
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CHEM 260 or PHYS 285, with a minimum grade of C-.



Atomic spectra. Electronic, vibrational and rotational spectra of diatomic and polyatomic molecules. The Raman effect. Nuclear and electron spin resonance. Symmetry classification of molecules and their energy levels. Quantitative.


3 lecture hours/week; 1 tutorial hour/week

Spectroscopy is approached with quantum mechanics using Dirac notation. Angular momentum, H-atom, harmonic oscillator, time independent perturbation theory. Absorption of light described via time dependent perturbation theory. Molecular orbital theory, group theory, symmetry classification of molecules and their connection with observed spectroscopic transitions. Modern topics in spectroscopy.

Energy levels of atoms and molecules.
Electronic, vibrational and rotational spectra of molecules.

A detailed course outline will be provided at the beginning of semester.


  • Assignments 20%
  • Midterm Exam 30%
  • Final Exam 50%



Donald A. McQuarrie. Quantum Chemistry. 2nd Edition. 2007. Publisher: University Science Books.

Peter W. Atkins & Ronald S. Friedman. Molecular Quantum Mechanics. 5th Edition. 2010. Publisher: Oxford University Press.

Jeanne L. McHale. Molecular Spectroscopy. 1998. Publisher: Prentice Hall.

R. Shankar. Principles of Quantum Mechanics. 1st Edition 1994. Publisher: Springer.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

Registrar Notes:

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