CHM 633 Principles of Quantum Chemistry

Instructor: Dr. Varadharajan Srinivasan(Room AB-2 225)

Office Hours: None

Email: vardha [at] iiserb . ac .in

TA: None


Lectures: W (12-12:55 pm) Th F (10:10:55 pm) in AB2-402


This course is a first introduction to electronic structure theory and is aimed at graduate students and senior undergraduates in Physics and Chemistry. It is highly recommended for students interested in pursuing theoretical research. The course shall cover topics including symmetry and conservation laws, theory of angular momentum, treatment of many-electron systems in the independent particle approximation, introduction to many-electron wavefunctions and Slater determinants, Hartree-Fock theory and post-Hartree-Fock methods for electronic structure. Practical aspects of modern quantum chemistry shall also be covered including (if time permits) introduction to modern electronic structure codes. A brief introduction to density-functional theory will also feature in the course.

You can find the course contents here.

Prerequisites:CHM 322/642 or PHY 303 or equivalent

Text Books:

  1. Levine, I., Quantum Chemistry, Ed. 6th, Pearson Press, 2009.
  2. McQuarrie, D. A., Quantum Chemistry, Ed. 2nd, University Science Books, 2008.
  3. Atkins, P. W., Friedman, R. S., Molecular Quantum Mechanics, Oxford University Press, 2008.
  4. Szabo, A., Ostlund, N. S., Modern Quantum Chemistry: Introduction to Advanced Electronic Structure Theory, Dover, 1989.


This course will feature assignments (10%), a project/term paper (10%), a mid-semester exam (30%) and an end-semester exam (50%).




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