CHEM 113A

Physical Chemistry: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisites: course 20B, Mathematics 32A, 32B, 33A, Physics 1A, 1B, and 1C, or 1AH, 1BH, and 1CH, or 5A, 5B, and 5C, or 6A, 6B, and 6C, with grades of C- or better. Departure from classical mechanics: Schrödinger versus Newton equations; model systems: particle-in-box, harmonic oscillator, rigid rotor, and hydrogen atom; approximation methods: perturbation and variational methods; many-electron atoms, spin, and Pauli principle, chemical bonding. P/NP or letter grading.

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Winter 2017 - Professor Finck taught 20B for the first time Winter 2017. I came from 20A with Scerri, and I thought that chemistry at UCLA would be hard, boring, and a waste of time. Finck made me want to go to class, because his lectures were engaging, and he gave us real life examples of chemistry to tie to the concepts. Finck really cares about student learning (He has DAILY office hours, he will answer your questions through email extremely quickly, and he will set up private appointments if you are struggling.) His class is uncurved, and both the midterm and final exam is worth 20% of your grade. The rest is composed of various homework assignments (They're actually not bad at all), weekly quizzes in discussion, and the dreaded OWLv2. It's not really important to know OWL for the midterms, so just bs your way through that. (1% extra credit for completing the end of the year survey) On top of that, he is an extremely sweet professor. He won't ever mock you for not understanding something (Cough, Scerri, cough, Felker) and he doesn't lose patience when he has to explain things multiple times. One thing I noticed at the end of the year was that he was crying and he seemed depressed. I suspect it was because there was one TA who didn't do his job at all, and it unfairly impacted a group of students. Incoming freshman! Take his class! Form study groups! There is no limit to how many A's can be given out, and forming study groups can really help. (Coming form a sophomore)
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