Course Schedule, Exams, Reading and Homework
The course website is at https://gruebelegroup.chemistry.illinois.edu/courses/chem440
Dates: Check below for dates of all lectures, exams, reviews!
Lecture: MWF at 1111:50 AM in 161 Noyes Lab. The title summarizes the lecture content.
Reading: There is no textbook, full course notes are at the web site, covering O = overview, Q = quantum, S = stat mech & quantum, T = transport and kinetics. For example, “Q1 p13” = read Quantum notes Chapter 1, pages 1 through 3.
BOH: Gruebele ‘Big Office Hours’ and reviews. Generally on Fridays at noon. Gruebele will stick around past noon as long as you get there by then and not all questions have been answered.
Homework: All homework is listed in the course notes. Solutions are posted already, on the days most closely related to a particular homework problem. Do all homework, but only the green problems must be turned in for grading and credit. Assignments are due at the beginning of the first class of the next week. (e.g. if two green problems are assigned on various days in week 1, both are due on Monday of week 2, but you should also do the remaining problem(s) from the assigned reading).
Hour exam and final exam questions 80% of questions are modified homework problems, inclass exercises, and thought experiments, listed in the course notes so keep up with all of them every week!
Date 
Lecture 
Reading 
BOH 
Homework 
1/19 L1 
The goals of pchem; averages, derivative models 
O1 p13


Do O1.1 
1/21 L2 
Randomness, Bayesian inference 
O1 p35

noon 
Do O1.2, O1.3 
1/24 L3 
Why logarithms, complex numbers 
O1 p 67 

Do O1.4 
1/26 L4 
Why go ‘quantum’? Music and quantum mechanics 
Q1 p13 

Do Q1.1 Play with MD demo 
1/28 L5 
The Postulates of quantum mechanics 
Q1 p45 
noon 
Do Q1.2

1/31 L6 
Some consequences of the postulates 
Q1 p67 

Do Q1.3 
2/2 L7 
Of molecules and springs 
Q2 p810 

Do Q2.1, Q2.2 Play with QM demo 
2/4 L8 
Weird properties of quantum springs 
Q2 p1012 
noon 
Do Q2.3, Q 2.4

2/7 L9 
Other models interesting for chemistry: ‘The Box’ 
Q3 p1315 

Do Q3.1 
2/9 L10 
The simplest atom 
Q3 p1617 

Do Q3.2 
2/11 TAL11 
The simplest molecule 
Q4 p1819


Do Q4.1 
2/14 L12 
The forbidden region and quantum interference: bonding and antibonding 
Q4 p1920 

Do Q4.2 
2/16 L13 
Multielectron molecules 
Q4 p2122 

Do Q4.3 
2/18 L14 
Potential surfaces and absorbing/emitting light 
Q5 p2324 
noon 
Do Q5.1 
2/23 Exam 
Hour Exam #1, covers L113, Open annotated textbook and notes. 

2/25 L15 
Can spectroscopy detect alien life? 
Q5 p2526 
noon 
Do Q5.2, Q5.3 
2/28 L16 
How do chemical reactions go over barriers 
Q5 p2728 

Do Q5.4 
3/2 L17 
From mechanics to statistical mechanics 
S1 p13 

Do S1.1 
3/4 L18 
The Postulates of statisstical mechanics 
S2 p45 
noon 
Do S2.1 
3/7 L19 
The microcanonical partition function 
S2 p67 

Do S2.2 
3/9 L20 
Entropy and deriving the ‘laws’ of thermodynamics 
S2 p89 

Do S2.3 
3/11 L21 
What is temperature? 
S3 p1012 
noon 
Do S3.1, S3.2 
3/21 L22 
Thermodynamic potentials E, F, G and H 
S3 p1214 

Do S3.3, S3.4 
3/23 L23 
Heat flow, heat capacity and thermo calculations 
S3 p1415 

Do S3.5, S3.6, S3.7, S3.8 
3/25 L24 
Reactions at constant temperature 
S4 p1618 
noon 
Do S4.1 
3/28 L25 
Folding proteins with stat mech 
S4 p1920 

Do S4.2 
3/30 L26 
Solving problems with the partition function 
S4 p2122 

Do S4.3, S4.4 
4/1 Exam 
Hour Exam #2, covers L1424, Inclass, open annotated textbook and notes. 

4/4 L27 
Chemical equilibrium 
S5 p2324 

Do S5.1, S5.2, S5.3 
4/6 TAL28 
Mass action law 
S5 p2526 

Do S5.4 
4/8 L29 
Calculating K_{eq} from first principles 
S5 p2728 
noon 
Do S5.5 



4/11 L30 
Moving molecules: brownian motion 
S6 p2930 

Do S6.1 
4/13 L31 
Moving molecules: drift and flux 
S6 p3032 

Do S6.2 
4/15 L32 
Chemical transport and kinetics: postulates 
T1 p12 
noon 
Do T1.1 
4/18 L33 
Equilibrium, steady state and Boltzmann factor 
T1 p23 

Do T1.2 
4/20 L34 
Deriving transport: Fick’s, Faraday’s and Ohm’s laws 
T2 

Do T2.1, T2.2 
4/22 L35 
Nernst equation, Osmosis and the ‘Master Table’ 
T2 
noon 
Do T2.3, T2.4, T2.5 
4/25 L36 
Integrated flux and Le Châtelier’s Principle 
T3 

Do T3.1 
4/27 L37 
Activated rate theory I 
T3 

Do T3.2 
4/29 TAL38 
Activated rate theory II 
T3 

Do T3.3, T3.4 
5/2 Review 
Inclass review with Gruebele Evening review with TAs




Final Exam: Friday May 14, 811 AM, covers all material 