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Physical Chemistry: A Molecular Approach

Donald A. McQuarrie University of California, Davis
John D. Simon Duke University



1. The Dawn of Quantum Theory
Math Chapter A/Complex Numbers 

2. The Classical Wave Equation 
Math Chapter B/Probability and Statistics

3. The Schrodinger Equation and a Particle In a Box 
Math Chapter C/ Vectors

4. Some Postulates and General Principles of Quantum Mechanics 
Math Chapter D/ Spherical Coordinates 

5. The Harmonic Oscillator and the Rigid Rotator: Two Spectroscopic Models

6. The Hydrogen Atom 
Math Chapter E/ Determinants

7. Approximation Methods 

8. Multielectron Atoms 

9. The Chemical Bond: Diatomic Molecules 

10. Bonding in Polyatomic Molecules 

11. Computational Quantum Chemistry 
Math Chapter F/ Matrices 

12. Group Theory: The Exploitation of Symmetry 

13. Molecular Spectroscopy 

14. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy 

15. Lasers, Laser Spectroscopy, and Photochemistry 
Math Chapter G/Numerical Methods 

16. The Properties of Gases 
Math Chapter H/Partial Derivatives 

17. The Boltzmann Factor and Partition Functions 
Math Chapter I/Series and Limits 

18. Partition Functions and Ideal Gases 

19. The First Law of Thermodynamics 
Math Chapter J/ The Binomial Distribution and Stirling’s Approximation 

20. Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics 

21. Entropy and the Third Law of Thermodynamics 

22. Helmholtz and Gibbs Energies 

23. Phase Equilibria 

24. Solutions I: Liquid-Liquid Solutions 

25. Solutions II: Solid-Liquid Solutions 

26. Chemical Equilibria 

27. The Kinetic Theory of Gases 

28. Chemical Kinetics I: Rate Laws 

29. Chemical Kinetics II: Reaction Mechanisms 

30. Gas-Phase Reaction Dynamics 

31. Solids and Surface Chemistry 

-Answers to Numerical Problems