Module FXX-2206:
Physical 2

Module Facts

Run by School of Natural Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr John Thomas Prabhakar

Overall aims and purpose

The module develops further theorectical understanding of spectroscopy in chemistry. There is further development of concepts in vibrational and rotational spectroscopy. Raman spectroscopy and the use of lasers in chemistry will be examined in some detail.The underlying theory behind NMR spectroscopy will be reviewed.

This is achieved through a mixture of lectures, workshops and in lecture tutorial sessions.

Course content

This module covers a range of spectroscopic specialised topics. The spectroscopic part of the module will begin by developing an understanding of the processes of absorption as well as spontaneous and stimulated emission of radiation. Grounding is developed in the fundamentals of vibrational and rotational spectroscopy of molecules, particularly in the gas phase and a development of the characteristic group frequencies of molecules and their use in identifying molecules. The key principles and importance of Raman spectroscopy, including Rayleigh scattering, Stokes and Anti-Stokes lines, and rotational / vibrational Raman spectroscopy is described. The classification of electronic states and the application of selection rules for electronic spectroscopy. An understanding of the Franck-Condon principle and the fates of electronic excited states is covered. The principles of a laser are discussed. The principles behind NMR spectroscopy will be extended beyond 1st year material.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

Threshold (40%). Knowledge and understanding of the content covered in the course is basic; Problems of a routine nature are generally adequately solved; Transferable skills are at a basic level.

excellent

Excellent (>70%). Knowledge base is extensive and extends well beyond the work covered in the module. Conceptual understanding is outstanding. Problems of a familiar and unfamiliar nature are solved with efficiency and accuracy; problem-solving procedures are adjusted to the nature of the problem. Performance in transferable skills is generally very good.

good

Good (~60%). Knowledge base covers all essential aspects of subject matter dealt with in the module and shows good evidence of enquiry beyond this. Conceptual understanding is good. Problems of a familiar and unfamiliar nature are solved in a logical manner; solutions are generally correct and acceptable. Performance in transferable skills is sound and shows no significant deficiencies.

Learning outcomes

  1. Students should be able to demonstrate the ability to use the concepts developed in understanding absorption, stimulated and spontaneous emission of radiation

  2. Students should be able to show fundamental basis of NMR spectroscopy.

  3. Students should be able to show fundamental basis of vibrational and rotational spectroscopy.

  4. The student should be able to describe the principles of a laser and its applications in modern analytical techniques.

  5. The student should be able to understand the key principles and importance of Raman spectroscopy, including Rayleigh scattering, Stokes and anti-Stokes lines, and rotational / vibrational Raman spectroscopy. To appreciate advanced Raman techniques.

  6. The student should be able to classify electronic states and apply selection rules for electronic spectroscopy. An understanding of the Franck-Condon principle and the fates of electronic excited states is quintessential.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Examination 10

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Lecture 24
Tutorial 4
Private study

private study

72

Transferable skills

  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.

Subject specific skills

  • CC8 The ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar problems
  • PS3 Problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information
  • PS4 Numeracy and mathematical skills, including handling data, algebra, functions, trigonometry, calculus, vectors and complex numbers, alongside error analysis, order-of-magnitude estimations, systematic use of scientific units and different types of data presentation
  • SK3 Gain knowledge of a range of inorganic and organic materials
  • CC1 the ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts,concepts,principles and theories relating to theSubject areasCovered in theirProgramme

Resources

Talis Reading list

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/fxx-2206.html

Reading list

Atkins' Physical chemistry - P. W. Atkins, Julio De Paula c2010

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Co-requisite of:

Courses including this module