Symmetry, Bonding and Molecular Spectroscopy

Module code: F1702
Level 5
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

Build on the quantum mechanical description of atoms and molecules you developed in year 1, and extend them (with the aid of group theory) to the ground and excited states of polyatomic molecular systems.

You’ll understand the electronic, vibrational and rotational states of molecular systems across the periodic table. You’ll aslo explore experimental ways of measuring transitions between these states, using high resolution spectroscopic techniques.

Module learning outcomes

  • Apply group theory of symmetry to problems in molecular bonding and spectroscopy quantitatively and qualitatively.
  • Describe experimental methods for collecting spectroscopic data from molecular systems.
  • Interpret seen or unseen data from spectroscopic experiments on molecular systems in a quantitative and qualitative manner.
  • Predict spectroscopic properties of molecular systems.