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Quantum Chemistry Laboratory A

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Course ID: 1200-1CHKWAL3 Erasmus code / ISCED: 13.3 / (0531) Chemistry
Course title: Quantum Chemistry Laboratory A Name in Polish: Chemia kwantowa A - laboratorium
Department: Faculty of Chemistry
Course groups: (in Polish) Przedmioty minimum programowego dla studentów 3-go semestru (S1-CH)
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ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): 2.00
Language: Polish
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Type of course:

obligatory courses

Prerequisites (description):

Skills necessary to complete courses Mathematics (level 0 or A) and Physics (A) in the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Warsaw; basic computer skills


(in Polish) w sali

Short description:

Gaining better understanding of the concepts presented in the lecture Quantum Chemistry A. Using simple quantum chemical models to describe properties of molecules and chemical reactions: theory and computational practice.

Full description:

Introduction to Maxima computer algebra system. Solving problems concerning a particle in the one-dimensional box, the one-dimensional harmonic oscillator, the rigid rotor, the hydrogen atom and the hydrogen-like ions and the variation method with the help of selected Maxima commands. Introduction to Gaussian suite of computer codes with WebMO interface. Calculations of the electronic structure and properties of many-electron atoms and molecules on the Hartree-Fock level. Geometry optimization and calculation of vibrational frequencies of polyatomic molecules on the Hartree-Fock and DFT level. Finding transition state geometry. Characteristics of the points on the potential energy surface for polyatomic molecules. Calculations of the optimal geometries corresponding to the two minima on the potential energy surface and the transition state for a simple SN 2 reaction


1. John P. Lowe, "Quantum Chemistry", Academic Press 2012

2. L. Piela, "Ideas of Quantum Chemistry", Elsevier 2014

Learning outcomes:

Student is able to generate solutions of Schrödinger equation for a particle in the one-dimensional box, the one-dimensional harmonic oscillator, the rigid rotor and the hydrogen atom or hydrogen-like ion; to use selected commands of Maxima computer algebra system to generate plots and perform necessary calculations; to apply simple models for approximate description of electronic structure and properties of molecules; to perform simple calculations of electronic structure of atoms and molecules, their selected properties and geometry optimization using a suite of computer codes for quantum chemical computations on the Hartree-Fock and DFT level.

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

Written tests and computer assignments. Passing grade is received if student obtains 50% of points for tests and for computer assignment. Detailed regulations are on subject web page. A student who fails to receive passing grade can write correction test in correction exam session.

Student can be absent 4 times under condition that missed tests and computer assignments are completed.

Practical placement:

no vocational training

Classes in period "Winter semester 2020/21" (past)

Time span: 2020-10-01 - 2021-01-31
Choosen plan division:

see course schedule
Type of class: Lab, 30 hours more information
Coordinators: Michał Przybytek
Group instructors: Joanna Jankowska, Małgorzata Jeziorska, Tatiana Korona, Michał Przybytek
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Examination: Grading

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