Molecular Structure & Elementary Statistical Mechanics

Course Description

Principles of quantum mechanics with application to the elements of atomic structure and energy levels, diatomic molecular spectroscopy and structure determination, and chemical bonding in simple molecules. Chemistry Dept. | Physical Sciences Sch. | University of California, Irvine

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Martin, Rachel. Molecular Structure & Statistical Mechanics 131B (UCI OpenCourseWare: University of California, Irvine), [Accessed January 23, 2015]. License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. (
Molecular Structure & Elementary Statistical Mechanics
This course studies molecular structure from a statistical mechanical perspective. Electronic spectroscopy, an analytical technique to study the electronic structure and its dynamics in atoms and molecules, is one of the techniques covered in this course. (Image source:
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# Lecture Play Lecture Notes & Slides
1 Symmetry and Spectroscopy I (49:50) Play Video Lecture Slides
2 Symmetry and Spectroscopy II (46:48) Play Video Lecture Slides
3 Transformation Matrices (49:46) Play Video Lecture Slides
4 Group Theory Applications (34:13) Play Video Lecture Slides
5 Rotational Spectroscopy I (49:42) Play Video Lecture Slides
6 Rotational Spectroscopy II (45:26) Play Video Lecture Slides
7 Rotational Spectroscopy III (47:05) Play Video Lecture Slides
8 Molecular Motion (35:35) Play Video Lecture Slides
9 Vibrations in Molecules (44:32) Play Video Lecture Slides
10 Anharmonic Potential. (39:06) Play Video Lecture Slides
11 First Midterm Exam Review. (45:42) Play Video Lecture Slides
12 Electronic Spectroscopy (42:09) Play Video Lecture Slides
13 Electronic Spectroscopy II (45:09) Play Video Lecture Slides
14 Electronic Spectroscopy III (44:53) Play Video Lecture Slides
15 Electronic Spectroscopy IV (32:24) Play Video
16 Fourier Transforms & Introduction to Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) (50:27) Play Video Lecture Slides
17 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance II (47:59) Play Video Lecture Slides
18 Eigenstates & Eigenvalues (48:49) Play Video
19 Spin Rotations T1 & T2 (48:37) Play Video
20 NMR Applications/ Review (48:37) Play Video
21 Second Midterm Examination Review (38:20) Play Video
22 The Boltzmann Distribution (45:55) Play Video Lecture Slides
23 Partition Functions I (45:21) Play Video
24 Partition Functions II (38:57) Play Video
25 Partition Functions (45:29) Play Video
26 Final Exam Review (47:38) Play Video


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