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The course is a study of the basic concepts, principles and methods of modern physical chemistry. Physical chemistry asks “how?” and/or “why?” things happen as they do. Here, the emphasis will be on developing a deeper understanding of the microscopic properties that govern chemical phenomena. The topics covered may include quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, spectroscopy, group theory, and computational chemistry. One four-hour laboratory session per week is included. In the lab you will learn techniques and analyses related to physical chemistry and will develop your scientific writing skills. Prerequisites:  Chemistry 231 and Mathematics 134 or 136 or 241; Prerequisites or co-requisites: Chemistry 222 and Physics 111 or Physics 115. One and one-half units.

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