BIP-24806 Atomic and Molecular Structure


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. H van Amerongen
Lecturer(s)ir. FJ Vergeldt
prof. dr. H van Amerongen

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

BIP-10805 Introduction Quantum Mechanics.

Continuation courses:

BIP-24306 Spectroscopy and Imaging and BNT20806 Bio-Inorganic Chemistry


The course deals with relations between quantum mechanics, atomic orbitals, chemical bonds, molecular structure and optical properties. Important aspects are atomic and molecular orbitals, molecular geometry, symmetry, basics of quantum chemical calculations.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand how physical laws together with quantum mechanics lead to atomic orbitals;
- determine characteristic properties of atomic orbitals e.g., (the expectation value of) energy, spin, angular momentum, spin-orbit coupling, etc.;
- determine optical transitions of atoms and estimate magnitude of the related energy difference / frequency and wavelength of electronic transitions;
- understand the electronic structure of simple molecules;
- apply theory of chemical bonds for understanding/estimating molecular structures and bond stability.
- understand relation between electronic structure and spectroscopic properties;


Prepare and attend the lectures, preceding the daily tutorials. Learn and understand by exercises, independent and under supervision.


Written examination with open questions. The minimum mark for a pass is 5.5.


Atkins, P.; de Paula, J.; Keeler, J. (2017). Atkins' Physical Chemistry, 11th ed. ISBN 9780198769866. Available at the WUR-shop.

Compulsory for: BMLMolecular Life SciencesBSc1MO