CHEM40910 Quant Mol Modelling (TCD)

Academic Year 2022/2023

The module aims to give students an overview of the principles underlying the standard quantum mechanics techniques for simulation the structure and properties of molecular systems. This will include basic theory behind the approaches as well as practical aspect such as basis set choice. This course will include the performance of different approaches such HF, DFT, MP2, CI, CC

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Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should:
• Understanding of potential energy surfaces, important points, basic optimisation and molecular dynamics. (3)
• Understand at a basic level the Hartree-Fock approach its approximations (3)
• Know the definition of correlation, where it is important and the key aspects of post-HF approaches which include correlation (MP2, CI, MCSCF, CC) (3)
• Basic understanding of Density Functional Theory (LDA / GGA / Hybrid) and its differences compared to wavefunction approaches (i.e. Hartree-Fock) (3)
• Detailed knowledge of different types and naming of basis sets including minimal, double /triple zeta, split-valence, polarisation and diffuse functions. (2)
• Be able to choose an appropriate methods for a particular problem based on analysis of the performance of different approaches fro different problems. (1)
• Prepare a Gaussian09 input file, include basis set and methodology, and analyse the results (using Gaussian09 for windows and Gaussview) (1)

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Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Lab Report: Laboratory Work Unspecified n/a Graded No


Assignment: 5 Assignment Sheets Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: Written Paper 2 hour End of Trimester Exam Not specified Graded No


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