KJ1041 - Physical chemistry: molecular structure


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

- Introduction to quantum mechanics via simple model systems

-Connection between quantum mechanics and thermodynamics

- Atomic structure

- Born-Oppenheimer approximation and molecular orbital theory

- Pauli principle and electron spin

- Symmetry of molecules and elementary group theory

- Electronic transitions

- Theoretical background for rotational, vibrational and electronic (UV-VIS) spectroscopy

-Statistical Thermodynamics

Learning outcome

After finishing the course, the student is expected to:

  • Account for fundamental principles in quantum chemistry, such as energy levels and structure of atoms and molecules
  • Account for and the application of molecular orbital models.
  • Connect various energies of the molecule to rotational. vibrational and electronic (UV-VIS in particular) spectroscopic methods
  • Apply quantum chemical methods to describe experimental observables such as molecular structure and heat capacity
  • Apply elementary group theory to describe molecular symmetry and properties like dipolmoments and allowed/forbidden transitions.
  • Explain the connection between quantum mechanics and thermodynamics by use of statistical thermodynamics
  • Apply numerical modelling of molecular properties by use of python programming

Learning methods and activities

Lectures (4 hours per week)), and some mandatory exercises have to be approved before final examination (specified at course start). Several exercises require the use of python programming.

Expected work load in the course is 200-225 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignments

Further on evaluation

For re-sit exam or exam during a term without lectures in this course, written examination may be changed to oral examination.

Course materials

P.W. Atkins: Physical Chemistry, 11. ed., Oxford Univ. Press, Oxford, 2018. Lecture notes and exercises.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TKJ4166 7.5 AUTUMN 2010
TKJ4160 3.0 AUTUMN 2010
KJ1040 2.0 AUTUMN 2010
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Materials Science and Solid State Physics
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Chemistry


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 C 2023-12-13 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL311 Sluppenvegen 14 120
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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