Go to Main Content

Ramapo College Information System



Catalog Entries


Fall 2021
Nov 28,2022
Transparent Image
Information Select the Course Number to get further detail on the course. Select the desired Schedule Type to find available classes for the course.

Physical Chemistry is the branch of chemistry that is concerned with the theoretical and experimental aspects that underlie all chemical processes. Physical chemistry attempts to develop an understanding of the laws of nature in a quantitative manner. Mathematical equations are derived from observations of natural processes in order to describe how and why these processes occur. Physical chemistry can be subdivided into five branches: thermodynamics, kinetics, quantum chemistry, spectroscopy, and statistical mechanics. This semester we will restrict our attention to the study of quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. Quantum mechanics examines the atomic and molecular structure and energy of single atomic and molecular species, as opposed to the states of matter and energy of large collections of atoms and molecules which we dealt with when we studied thermodynamics. Spectroscopy is the experimental application of quantum chemistry; spectroscopy deals with measuring the electronic, vibrational, and rotational energies of atomic and molecular species. This course is designed to provide students with a broad foundation in topics of physical chemistry and to provide students with a thorough preparation to take the standardized American Chemical Society examination These exams are often used as entrance examinations in graduate programs in chemistry in the United States. For those students interested in pursuing a career in chemistry with a B.S. degree, this course will prepare them by developing their skills in interpreting chemical data and providing them with the ability to understand why certain reactions and processes occur as they do.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Chemistry Department

Return to Previous New Search XML Extract
Transparent Image
Skip to top of page