FROM LAST TIME TAUGHT (general topics and study suggestions below)

Syllabus (course information)

Course Name:                     Physical Chemistry II        
Dept, Number, Section:     
CHEM 3720  0

Semester and Year:             Spring 2012
Time, days, location:        

Credit Hours:                     
Faculty Name:                    Thomas R. Rybolt   (Dr. Tom Rybolt)
Office Location:                Grote 318A
Office Hours:                    
Office Phone:                  

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Inclement weather policy for this class: During the semester it is possible the university may be closed or open late due to bad weather. If the university opens by the start of our class, we will meet for a regular class.  However, if an exam is scheduled on a day when the university is closed or opens late, the exam will be rescheduled for the next regular class meeting.


Lab:  You must be registered for Chemistry 3720L Laboratory course to take the Chemistry 3720 lecture course.


Background Required: This class assumes an A, B, or C level knowledge of Chemistry 3710 and courses required for Chemistry 3710.


Office Hours   You are encouraged to ask chemistry questions during class or see me during my office hours or if you cannot come during office hours then you can schedule an appointment.


Evualation (Exams and Grades):  Three exams will be given during the semester. The lowest exam grade will be dropped. A grade of 0 will be assigned for any exam that is not taken. This grade of 0 may count as the one grade that is dropped. NO MAKE-UP EXAMS will be given. Exams are based on textbook, class lectures, and homework.  You should bring a working calculator and two pencils to exams.  You may not share a calculator during exams.  No other paper, notes, books or stored information is to be used except what I provide you.  After the first person leaves an exam, no one else can come late and start the exam. No other paper, notes, books, or stored information is to be used except what I provide you.  No cell phone use, texting, or checking phone in class at any time. The FINAL EXAM is always harder because it covers all the material.


Tentative Exam Schedule

Exam 1   chapters 7, 8, 9, 10                                                   Feb

Exam 2   chapters 11, 12, 13, 14                                             Mar

Exam 3   chapters 20, 21, 22 (selected topics 17, 18, 19, 23)  Apr

Final       Comprehensive                                                         at assigned final time


Grades Final grades are based on A 90-100, B 80-89, C 70-79, and D 60-69, F 0-59

Your course grade is based on the formula:

             Grade = (0.25 Lab + 0.23 Exam + 0.23 Exam +  0.24 Final + 0.05 Talk/Participation/Other)


Homework Homework assignments will be made on a regular basis throughout the semester. In addition to reading the textbook and studying your class notes, you are expected to work the assigned homework problems as we discuss the chapter. Selected problems may be collected as part of your exams. You must bring all your worked problems with you to exam periods.  In addition, your exams may include similar types of problems and you need to do the homework to do well on the exams. You must try to work all problems by yourself with help only to guide you and not to replace working or thinking about the problem. You can also use the worked examples in the textbook to test yourself. Remember, learning chemistry requires thinking and doing, and not just listening and reading. Work problems on one side of paper only and spread them out showing all steps.  Do not put more than 2 problems per page.  If problems are not done in this form, they will not be graded. 


This syllabus and all homework problem sets are given in your UTC Learn (Blackboard) course.  It is assumed you are working problems in a timely manner.  The problems are for you to struggle with and be satisfied with your answer.  If asked a question I may be able to point you in the right direction, but the all the details of the work are up to you.


Talk  Select an experimental article from the Journal of Physical Chemistry to discuss in a well focused and delivered talk (with visuals) (1) Background and (2) Research Article (a-objective, b-method, and c-result) with equations, graphs, numbers as appropriate. Details will be provided later.


Participation Class will include lecture and discussion with assumption that you have read and studied text and packet notes ahead of where we are in class and can discuss topic, ask relevant questions, respond to questions.  All learning should be an engaged learning process. 


Expected Lecture topics    based on Physical Chemistry 9th edition by Atkins and de Paula  

Additional topics may be added if time permits. I may also refer you to or have you find additional information from on-line sites.



  7  Quantum Theory: Introduction

  8  Quantum Applications: Translation, Rotation, and Vibration

  9  Atomic Structure and Spectra

10  Molecular Structure



11  Molecular Symmetry

12  Rotational and Vibrational Spectra

13  Electronic Spectra                                                         

14  Magnetic Resonance Spectra



20  Molecules in Motion

21  Rates of Chemical Reactions

22  Reaction Dynamics

Selected topics ( 17 interactions, 18 polymers, 19 solids, 23 surfaces and catalyst)


Physical Chemistry 3720 Online Information at  contains:

(1)  Class Notes on selected topics  (bring copy to class with you as we discuss the topic)

(2)  Sample Exams  (do as a practice test and then grade yourself)

       Reviewing needed basics of General Chemistry in a textbook or my online notes can be useful            



Attendance and Respect You are expected to arrive on time for all class meetings and you are responsible for everything covered in lecture. Do not come late to class. Essential information, such as test times will be given one time at start of class and not mentioned again by me.  If you miss a class, check with a fellow student who is able to share notes and go over items you missed. Classroom behavior such as: talking to your neighbor during lecture, reading, sleeping, or checking cell phone, interferes with my ability to teach effectively and others ability to learn. I may require you to meet with me before you are allowed to take the next exam so I can explain more clearly why your activities are a problem. I also may ask you to leave the classroom.  Laptop computers can be a big distraction in class so no laptops may be used at any time during class.  No cell phone use of any kind during class.


"If the teacher is not respected and the student not cared for, confusion will arise, however clever one is."   Lao Tsu   (from the Tao Te Ching written about 600BC)



TO LEARN CHEMISTRY you should do the following:  read, write, work, question, practice, plan.


Read and study all the relevant textbook material as covered in class


Come to every class prepared to learn and focused on chemistry. Notes that you take during class or online notes that you print out need to be learned so you should write the notes and test yourself on them again and again. You learn by writing and testing yourself, reworking problems, writing out facts and not by just reading.  Learning notes is an active process of writing and thinking.


Work assigned homework problems.


For items that are not clear to you, write down your questions as you study the textbook, practice notes, and do homework and get answers to these questions by further study or seeking help from another student or from your instructor. Test yourself with practice exams.


Plan a schedule with specific study times and places - for a total of (at least) 9 hours a week. For example, you could work 1.5 hours a day for 6 days a week for every week of the semester. You can learn, understand, and enjoy chemistry, but to reach your true potential in this class you need to work at least 9 hours each week.






Syllabus items are subject to change and it is the responsibility of student to keep informed of changes, new materials, or content given during class.