Spring 2022 - CHEM 862 G100

Molecular Spectroscopy (3)

Class Number: 6626

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 10 – Apr 11, 2022: Tue, Thu, 8:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2022
    Thu, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Enrollment in Chemistry graduate program.



Quantum mechanical treatment of atomic and molecular energy levels. In-depth treatment of electronic, vibrational, and rotational spectroscopy including group theory treatment of selection rules that determine observed spectral lines.


Please note, this course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change.

Mode of Teaching:
3 lecture hours/week; 1 tutorial hour/week
Lecture: In-person at Burnaby campus
Tutorial: In-person at Burnaby campus


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.

Note: A detailed course outline will be provided at the beginning of the term.

Combined undergraduate course: CHEM 462 - Molecular Spectroscopy (3)


  • 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.

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