Course Spotlight: Chem 5440 – Computational Chemistry

Offered in Autumn 2023.
Mon, Wed, & Fri: 1:50pm – 2:45pm
Dr. Richard Spinney

Chemistry 5440 is an introduction to computational chemistry, a broad set of techniques designed to accurately model small molecules, their chemical and physical properties and interactions with other molecules. Students will examine the theory behind these techniques, such as:

  • Molecular Mechanics
  • Hartree-Fock
  • Density Functional
  • Advanced correlation theories

The course focuses on the practical application of these theories. Students will solve common problems in chemistry, so minimal math is required.

CHEM 5440 is very hands on and students will gain extensive experience using modern computational software such as Spartan and Gaussian.

Prerequisites: CHEM 2520, 2620, or 2920H (Organic Chemistry II)