Molecular Spectra and Molecular Structure OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Grad-Level Chemistry Course

Published Feb 15, 2009

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) free 'Molecular Spectra and Molecular Structure' OpenCourseWare covers the basics of determining the structure of molecules using spectral data. This course is designed for students pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Students taking this graduate course should have a background in advanced chemistry.

Molecular Spectra and Molecular Structure: Course Specifics

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Molecular Spectra and Molecular Structure: Course Description

This course, covering the principles of ascertaining molecular structure from spectral data, is offered by the Department of Chemistry at MIT in Cambridge, MA. The course also helps students understand the terminology used by spectroscopists. Students then learn the basics of quantum mechanics to predict transitions between atomic and molecular transition between energy states and the relation to observed emission spectra. Finally, students learn how to assign observed spectra to appropriate quantum mechanical states of the molecule. Chemistry professor Dr. Robert Field teaches this course. To complete the course, students must have an Internet connection and access to the required readings.

This OpenCourseWare includes a syllabus, lecture notes, problem sets and sample exams. Those interested in this free course should visit the Molecular Spectra and Molecular Structure course page.

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