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Module Title LM Statistical Mechanics and Spectroscopy
Department Chemistry
Module Code 03 35226
Module Lead Dr Dwaipayan Chakrabarti
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Description Experiment and theory can be used to probe the behaviour and properties of systems of interest on different length and time scales. Some of these methods have already been encountered in previous core courses, in particular when discussing various types of spectroscopy. In this module, we look in detail at two areas of physical chemistry to introduce more advanced concepts and techniques. In Section A, the theoretical apparatus of statistical mechanics will be introduced with applications to a variety of systems, from ideal gases to systems with interacting particles. Section B looks at the electronic spectroscopy of polyatomic molecules, from the detection of single molecules through to the ensemble.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and concepts delivered in the course;
  • Apply their acquired knowledge to the solution of relevant problems;
  • Demonstrate an ability to work independently, i.e. adopt student-centred study modes;
  • Demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the key principles of statistical mechanics
  • Develop a critical awareness of the mathematical formulations that underpin this theoretical apparatus
  • Explain the underlying basis of relevant physical laws
  • Analyse and interpret the properties of macroscopic systems quantitatively, starting from microscopic considerations
  • Demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the key principles of electronic spectroscopy
  • Demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the challenges of detecting single molecules compared to the ensemble
Demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the applications of the methods discussed in the course
Assessment 35226-01 : Module Assessment : Exam (School Arranged) - Written Unseen (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Worksheets (20%) and exam (80%)
Reading List