Mol. Spectroscopy & Quantum Theory (Adv) (CHEM3917)

UNIT OF STUDY

This course will cover the fundamentals of molecular spectroscopy as a modern research tool and as a theoretical basis with which to understand everyday phenomena. This course is aimed at the student wishing a rigorous understanding of the fabric of nature -- electronic structure -- and the interaction between light and matter. The course teaches the quantum theory needed to understand spectroscopic phenomena (such as the absorption of light) at the empirical and deeper levels. A student completing this course will take with him/her an understanding of spectroscopy as both a phenomenon and a research tool. The course teaches application and theory, with descriptions of applied spectroscopic techniques. Alongside the coverage of modern spectroscopy, the course provides an accessible treatment of the science behind vision, flames, solar cells and photochemical smog. CHEM3917 students attend the same lectures as CHEM3117 students, but attend an additional advanced seminar series comprising one lecture a week for 12 weeks.

Further unit of study information

Classes

Two 1-hour lectures, one 1-hour seminar and one 4-hour practical per week.

Assessment

One 2-hour exam, written assignments, prac reports (100%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Credit or better in (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915), Credit or better in (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916), WAM of 65 or greater

Prohibitions

CHEM3117

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.