Quantum Chemistry

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Delhi University
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This course entitled “Physical Chemistry-I:  (Quantum Chemistry)” has been designed in a very systematic and logical manner for self-learning of a virtual learner. This course shall be presented through a variety of multimedia enriched e-content, activities and assessments so that you are able to understand various topics very well.

The entire course shall be delivered in 15 weeks including two weeks for Revision and Assessment. In the weeks 1-7 and 9-14, you shall be provided with self learning e-content including videos, e-text, activities and weekly quizzes. You must attempt all these quizzes.  In the 8th and 15th weeks, you are supposed to revise what you have learnt till then and you shall be given assignments and quizzes. Grades obtained in these shall be counted in the final grading.

This shall be followed by proctored examination(s) covering entire syllabus, which shall be duly notified. A team of PI/co-PI, Course Coordinator, Tutor(s)/ Teaching Assistants shall always be there with you to provide you support for any problems you face. You can post your queries in the discussion forums or through mail. At the end of the course, you must provide feedback which will help us to enhance the quality of this course further. 



This course deals with the applications of Quantum Mechanics to the problems of Chemistry. This course begins with the fundamentals of quantum mechanics including the origin of quantum mechanics.  The Schrödinger quantum mechanics is followed in this course.  The basic operations of quantum mechanics and important terminology are discussed followed by quantum mechanical solutions to particle in a box system, linear harmonic oscillator and rigid rotator. And then the simplest chemical system viz., hydrogen atom is studied quantum mechanically. Owing to the complexity of the chemical systems because of which the Schrödinger equation cannot be exactly solved, approximate methods are introduced to obtain quantum mechanical solutions to various chemical systems. Two approximate methods viz., Perturbation theory & Variation method and their applications are discussed in detail.  Following this, the electronic structure of molecules is taken up via two different procedures viz., Valence Bond Theory and Molecular Orbital Theory. And finally, the electronic structures of organic conjugated molecules are discussed using Hückel Molecular Orbital Theory.

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Prof. (Dr.) A. K. Bakhshi

Prof. A.K.Bakhshi is presently Chair Professor of Chemistry at Delhi University. Prof Bakhshi is also Chairman of Centre for e-Learning as well as Chairman of Guru Angad Dev Teaching – Learning Centre (a Centre of the MHRD Govt. of India) both located at SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi.

Prof. Bakhshi has also been Head, Department of Chemistry, University of Delhi, Vice-Chancellor of U.P. Rajarshi Tandon Open University (UPRTOU), Allahabad as well as Executive Director of Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), Mauritius.

He was also Chairman of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) project in Chemistry of the CSIR. Prof. Bakhshi has also been the Director of the Institute of Lifelong Learning (ILLL), University of Delhi and the Centre for Professional Development in Higher Education (CPDHE). Prof. Bakhshi has also been a Member of the Standing Committee of the National Mission on Education through ICT (NMEICT).

A double gold medalist of Delhi University, Dr. Bakhshi did his post-doctoral training with Prof. J. Ladik (Germany) and with Professor K. Fukui, the Nobel Laureate & Prof. T.Yamabe (Japan).

Prof. Bakhshi’s research interests include theoretical polymer chemistry. He is the author/coauthor of about 170 research and education articles etc., and one patent.  He has to his credit eleven books as author/co-author and many as editor/chairman/ convener of the working group. His other interests include innovation in science education, ICT in higher education and e-Learning.

 Prof. Bakhshi has been member of the editorial boards of the Indian Journal of Chemistry (Section A) and of the Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research published by the CSIR.

He has been recipient of several awards and academic honours. These include amongst others :Fellowship of the IUPAC;  Distinguished Teacher Award; National Education Award by Headlines Today News Channel; Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) Medal; Fellowship of the National Academy of Sciences (FNASc); JSPS Fellowship; DAAD Fellowship; INSA Research Fellowship; UGC Career Award; Prof.  P.K.Bose Memorial Award of the Indian Chemical Society, Best Paper Award in the field of Chemical Sciences from DAAD; Young Chemist Award, India Didactics Association (IDA) 2014 Special Award for excellence in Digital Content in Education  etc.


Prof Bakhshi has been felicitated two times by the former President of India Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam: once for his contributions in the e-transformation of the University of Delhi, as Director ILLL (September 2009) and secondly for distinctive and outstanding contributions to Education with the Capital Foundation National Award (December 2011).


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