Syllabus 33200

City College of New York

Chemistry 33200


Physical Chemistry II

Lecture: Twice a week, 1 hr 15 min


Workshop: once a week, 1 hr 45 min



Course Description:

Introduction to quantum mechanics with applications to spectroscopy and chemical problems.




Chem 33000 or CHE 22900 and CHE 33000, A minimum grade of C is required


Hours/Credits: 3 lecture, 2 workshop hours per week, 3 credits


Textbook:  Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (2nd Edition), David J. Griffiths, ISBN: 9780131118928


Calculator: A calculator is required for CHEM 33200. A TI-89 graphing calculator is highly recommended.

For me, the important thing about quantum mechanics is the equations, the mathematics. If you want to understand quantum mechanics, just do the math."


{Freeman Dyson


Grading Scheme:

In-Class Exams           60%

Final Exam           20%

Homework           20%


There will be three in-class exams that count for 60% of the grade for the course; the lowest in-class exam grade will count for 10%, the highest in-class exam grade will count for 30%, and the remaining in-class exam grade will count for 20%. Missing an exam will result in receiving a zero grade for that particular exam. There will be no make-up in-class exams.


Homework will be assigned for each week and will be due the following week (see the course sched-ule for details). The homework is mandatory and contributes to 20% of your total grade. Students may work in groups on the homework, however, each student must turn in their own solutions to the homework problems. The homework problems are an essential component of the course.



There is no specifc attendance policy for this course. It is highly unlikely that students will pass this course without regular attendance.



There is no specifc attendance policy for workshop. However, regular attendance of workshop is highly recommended. For most students, attendance of lecture alone will not be sufficient to perform well in this course.


Statement on Academic Integrity:


The CCNY policy on academic integrity will be followed in this course. The document can be found through the CCNY website by clicking on Current Students Academic Services Academic Integrity. All students must read the details regarding plagiarism and cheating in order to be familiar with the rules of the college. Cases where academic integrity is compromised will be prosecuted according to these rules.


In compliance with CCNY policy and equal access laws, appropriate academic accommodations are o ered for students with disabilities. Students must rst register with The AccessAbility Center for reasonable academic accommodations. The AccessAbility Center is located in the North Academic Center, Rm. 1/218. Tel: (212) 650-5913. Under The Americans with Disability Act, an individual with a disability is a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. If you have any such issues, I encourage you to visit the AccessAbility Center to determine which services may be appropriate for you.


Academic Appeals:


The faculty of each of the schools de nes the degree requirements, academic standards, and rules, and in general has jurisdiction over all of the courses o ered by that school. Each of the schools has a Committee on Course and Standing charged with overseeing enforcement of these matters and dealing with special cases and appeals. Students have the right to appeal to the appropriate Committee on Course and Standing any decision made by individual faculty members or adminis-trators about these academic matters. Students must consult with their academic advisor for the appropriate appeals procedure. The Committees on Course and Standing are the nal authority on enforcement of curriculum, degree requirements, academic standards, grades and academic rules. It should be noted that most academic rules are enforced without exception.




Students with grievances concerning classroom matters other than grades should rst attempt to resolve the grievance at the department level through discussion with the faculty member(s) or department chair. If the matter is not resolved, the student or department may refer the problem to the appropriate academic dean, the Ombudsman, or the Vice President for Student A airs, who shall, if necessary, refer it to the O ce of the Provost for further consideration and possible action.


Make-up examination for INC grades:


INC may be assigned to students who have a passing grade (average on all the exams) in the course but who are unable to take the nal examination due to con ict with another scheduled examina-tion, death of spouse, injury sustained in a catastrophic incident, etc. (proof is also required). An Incomplete Grade Agreement form must be signed by the Instructor before the student is allowed to take the makeup exam. Payment of a fee at the Bursar's o ce is required in order to take the makeup examination. Makeup exam for INC grades in Chemistry courses will be completed no later than two weeks after the end of classes.




If you nd yourself su ering during this or any other semester from anxiety, stress, or issues related to mental health, this is nothing to be ashamed of, and it is recommended you seek help. The Well-ness and Counseling Center (WCC) at City College provides counseling and psychological services to all registered CCNY students. There is no charge for these services, and sessions are con dential.

Tentative Course Schedule:



History and development of quantum mechanics






Postulates of quantum mechanics






Particle in a box

HW #1 due





Operators in quantum mechanics






No class






Matrix mechanics and Dirac notation

HW #2 due





No class






Variational theorem






Perturbation theory

HW #3 due





Time dependence in quantum mechanics






First exam

HW #4 due





Harmonic oscillator






Harmonic oscillator






Particle in free space

HW #5 due





Particle on a ring






Particle on a sphere

HW #6 due





Rotations and vibrations of diatomic molecules






Rotational and vibrational spectroscopy

HW #7 due





Rotational-vibrational spectroscopy






Second exam

HW #8 due





No class






No class






No class






Hydrogen atom






Spin and indistinguishability






Spin operators

HW #9 due





Helium atom






Many-electron wavefunctions

HW #10 due





Origin of chemical bonds






Molecular orbital theory

HW #11 due





Electronic structure theory






Third exam

HW #12 due





Final exam review






Final Exam