Bonding and Spectroscopy

Module code: F1177
Level 5
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Practical, Workshop
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

In this module, you develop an understanding of the relationship between molecular structure and state energies - how these energies and molecular constants are determined by spectroscopic studies and through quantum mechanical calculations.

This module includes a practical component, which draws on and reinforces the lectures.

In the first part of the module, you focus on the information rich content of spectra and how molecular constants can be obtained from spectra.

In the second part, you are introduced to the postulates of quantum mechanics, and the principles underlying quantum mechanical calculations are laid out.

Module learning outcomes

  • A knowledge and critical understanding of the principles underlying quantum mechanics and the ability to describe the quantum nature of light, atoms and molecular states
  • A knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of spectroscopy, the interaction of light with matter and the elucidation of structure and bonding in molecules
  • An ability to apply a range of techniques in quantum mechanics and symmetry to analyse the bonding characteristics and energy levels of molecules
  • An ability to use a range of spectroscopic techniques to analyse and interpret molecular spectra