2018 Advances and Applications in Physical Chemistry II

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Shishido Atsushi  Wada Hiroyuki 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the course] This course focuses on various spectroscopic methods which are important in practical chemical experiments from the viewpoint of physical chemistry. For students at the other undergraduate majors, this course covers the fundamentals of physical chemistry prior to introduction of the spectroscopic methods and provides opportunities to learn advanced science and technology as well as fundamentals in the fields of applied chemistry. Practical molecular spectroscopic methods are explained by applying knowledge of fundamental physical chemistry. "Physical chemistry" by P.W. Atkins is used as a textbook.
[Aim of the course] Knowledge of physical chemistry is important in organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry. In addition, understanding theory and applications of various molecular spectroscopic methods enables students to smoothly analyze data obtained by highly advanced spectroscopy. Students will have the chance to conduct practical chemical experiments by applying knowledge acquired through this course. Topics include various molecular spectroscopic methods and analyses of polymer and solid.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to
(1) explain fundamentals and applications of molecular spectroscopy.
(2) explain theory and applications of analysis methods for polymer based on molecular spectroscopy.
(3) explain theory and applications of analysis methods for solid based on molecular spectroscopy.


UV-Vis absorption spctroscopy, IR absorption spectroscopy, Raman scattering spectroscopy, Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Polymer, Solid

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

At the beginning of each class, solutions to exercise problems assigned during the previous class are reviewed. Towards the end of class, students are given exercise problems related to what is taught on that day to solve.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction of advanced physical chemistry II Explain fundamentals of physical chemistry.
Class 2 Vibrational spectrum and rotational spectrum Explain vibrational spectrum and rotational spectrum in Chapter 13 of the course textbook.
Class 3 Electronic transition Explain electronic transition in Chapter 14 of the course textbook.
Class 4 Magnetic resonance Explain magnetic resonance in Chapter 15 of the course textbook.
Class 5 Polymer and molecular group I Explain polymer and molecular group I in Chapter 19 of the course textbook.
Class 6 Polymer and molecular group II Explain polymer and molecular group II in Chapter 19 of the course textbook.
Class 7 Solid I Explain Solid I in Chapter 20 of the course textbook.
Class 8 Solid II Explain Solid II in Chapter 20 of the course textbook.


Physical Chemistry, P. W. Atkins, 8th Eds., Tokyo Kagaku Dojin, ISBN-13: 978-4-8079-0696-3 (Chapers 13-15, 19, 20) (Japanese)

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None required.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on a report (60%) and exercise problems (40%).

Related courses

  • CAP.A366 : Advances and Applications in Physical Chemistry I
  • CAP.B226 : Quantum Chemistry I (Basics)
  • CAP.B227 : Quantum Chemistry II (Advances)
  • CAP.B219 : Physical Chemistry (Kinetic Theory of Molecules)
  • CAP.B216 : Physical Chemistry I (Thermodynamics)
  • CAP.B217 : Physical Chemistry II (Chemical Equilibrium)
  • CAP.B218 : Physical Chemistry III (Kinetics)

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

No prerequisites.

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