CHEMISTRY 433          GENERAL INFORMATION                                     FALL 2016

OBJECTIVES: Chemistry 433 is the first half of a two-semester Physical Chemistry course and designated primarily for chemistry majors. It is required for BS in Chemistry. The course is taught with the objective to get students acquainted with laws and theories underlying chemical phenomena and is currently taught in the 'Molecular approach' order, i.e., starting with quantum mechanics and spectroscopy followed by statistical thermodynamics.
LECTURES: MWF 8:30 - 9:20 in CB 203
Office: CB 202            Phone: 646-1547
Office Hours:              MW 11:30 - 12:30   or by appointment
TEXTBOOK: "Physical Chemistry", by P. Atkins and J. de Paula, W.H. Freeman, 2010, 9th edition (ISBN-10:1-4292-1812-6). The later edition, 10, can be used as well
PREREQUISITES: Grade C or better in Chem 116 or Chem 217, Math 192 or Phys 216.
  1. CHEM 433 Website at
  2. Chemistry Exercises Website at 
  3. Website of the 9th edition of Physical Chemistry by Peter Atkins and Julio de Paula at .
EXAMINATIONS: Chemistry 433 exams will be given on the following days during regular class time except for the final exam. All exams will be comprehensive, with emphasis on recently covered material. Exam keys will be posted next day. Any errors/concerns in grading of exams must be brought to the instructor's attention within a week of when the exam is returned. Make-up exams will be given only if a valid excuse is presented, such as documented illness, official University conflict, etc. Except for emergency cases, arrangement for a make-up exam must be made prior to the scheduled exam.  

Exam schedule:

Midterm Exam 1   Monday, October 3, in class
Midterm Exam 2   Monday, November 7, in class
FINAL                   Wednesday, December 7, 8:00 - 10:00 AM

For each examination you may need to bring a calculator. You may not share calculators during an exam. Electronic devices (other than calculators) are prohibited during an exam.

CLASS PARTICIPATION: Class participation is not required but encouraged. Discussions of homework will be conducted and your participation in these discussions may affect your score for the homework portion.
  • The homework assignments will be collected every Monday in class for grading. If necessary, we will spend a portion of the lecture discussing some of the difficult problems in class. No late assignments will be accepted without legitimate excuse.
  • The weekly on-line quizzes will be available no later than 5 PM Friday nights and will be due by Sunday midnight.
  • Periodically, assignments will be given for the web - based topical quizzes. You will have two days (until next lecture) to complete it and submit the answers electronically. I encourage you to work in groups on assignments.

Using software such as Mathcad and Mathematica for homework assignments is not prohibited but encouraged. We have Mathcad installed on computers in the Chemistry computer cluster. You can also purchase your copies from the book store or directly from the companies.

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT: The Student Code of Conduct defines academic misconduct, non-academic misconduct and the consequences or penalties for each. The Student Code of Conduct is available in the NMSU Student Handbook online: . Academic misconduct is explained at
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:   Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) covers issues relating to disability and accommodations. If a student has questions or needs an accommodation in the classroom (all medical information is treated confidentially), contact:
Trudy Luken, Director Student Accessibility Services (SAS) - Corbett Center Student Union, Rm. 208
Phone: (575) 646-6840 E-mail: Website:

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Lauri Millot, Title IX Coordinator
Agustin Diaz, Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) - O'Loughlin House, 1130 University Ave.
Phone: (575) 646-3635 E-mail: Website:

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NMSU Dean of Students:
For Any On-campus Emergencies:
(575) 646-3311
(575) 646-3424
(575) 646-2731
(575) 646-1722

WITHDRAWALS & "I" GRADES: Students are sometimes confused about the requirements for a grade of "Incomplete", assuming it is a "late W". No withdrawals from individual courses are allowed after the mid-point of the semester (October 17). "I" grades can be given only after the mid-point of the semester. To receive an "I" the student must be passing the course with a C grade or better at the midpoint of the semester but be prevented from completing the course successfully due to illness or a family crisis. The student must provide documentation that the illness or family emergency makes it impossible for the student to complete the course with a passing grade.
GRADE: Quizzes/homework problem sets.................... 35%*
Two midterm exams (20% each).................... 40%
Final exam .....................................................25%
Total ............................................................ 100%

*-Honor students will have extra assignments.

The letter grade for the course will be given based on the standard percentage scheme:

86 - 100 A
76 - 85 B
66 - 75 C
55 - 65 D
< 55 F

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Last updated on 08/11/16