2023 Basic Concepts of Physical Chemistry I

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Graduate major in Chemistry
Koshihara Shinya 
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Course description and aims

Students will learn about the electronic state, structure, dynamic properties of molecules and their interaction with light. Furthermore, based on statistical mechanics of molecular aggregates, students study the electronic state and electronic properties of molecular aggregates, and learn the concepts of metals, semiconductors, etc.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course students will understand the electronic states and electronic properties of condensed matter and the behavior of metals and semiconductorsconcept of energy band structure.


Molecular partition function, Energy band structure, Optical property of molecular solids, Density of states, Fermi energy

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The lecture about the solid-state physics is given on every Monday, and that about the molecular energy levels is given on every Thursday.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Solid-state physics (1): general explanation about this course, fundamental of statistical physics, application of statistical physics to ideal gas Explain molecular partition function of ideal gas.
Class 2 Solid-state physics (2): Electronic structure of solids Characteristics of the electronic state in solid
Class 3 Solid-state phycsis (5): Energy band model 1 Band model for the electronic state in crystal
Class 4 Solid-state physics (4): Energy band model 2 Characteristics of electronic structure based on band model 1
Class 5 Solid-state physics (5): Energy band model 3 Characteristics of electronic structure based on band model 2
Class 6 Solid-state physics (6): Optical properties of solid based on the band model Discuss the optical properties of solid based on the band model
Class 7 Solid-state physics (7): Microscopic physical model of excited states in solid Discuss the characteristics pf photo carrier in solid

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Course materials are provided during class if necessary.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students’ course scores are based on understanding of basic concepts of atoms and molecules, and condensed matter.
Activities in class 20%, Final examination (or Report) 80%

Related courses

  • CHM.C532 : Advanced Quantum Chemistry
  • CHM.C531 : Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • CHM.C402:Basic Concepts of Physical Chemistry II

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Introductory quantum chemistry

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Shinya Kosihara: koshihara.s.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp

Office hours

Contact by email in advance to schedule an appointment.
Shinya Kosihara (Main Building, Room 118)


As for this lecture course, ’in person style' will be basically utilized. However, students in other campuses will be able to utilize hyflex style one (now under discussion).

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