Molecular Physics, 6 credits (TFYA35)

Molekylfysik, 6 hp

Main field of study

Engineering Biology


First cycle

Course type

Programme course


Thomas Ederth

Director of studies or equivalent

Magnus Boman
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6CTBI Engineering Biology, M Sc in Engineering 5 (Autumn 2017) 1 4 Swedish Linköping o

Main field of study

Engineering Biology

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Engineering Biology, M Sc in Engineering

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.


Basic knowledge about calculus, probability and statistics, classical mechanics, electromagnetics, thermodynamics.

Intended learning outcomes

The aims of the course are understanding of basic quantum mechanics, understanding of the quantum-mechanical basis of spectroscopic methods for determination of structure in atoms and molecules, and understanding of the relation between quantum-mechanical descriptions and the macroscopic properties of matter
After the first part of the course the student should be able to:

  • Account for the fundamental concepts and postulates of quantum mechanics
  • Apply fundamental quantum-mechanical principles and analyses to model systems and elementary atomic and molecular models
  • Understand and explain spectroscopic methods and results in terms of quantum-mechanical principles
  • Quantitatively analyse results from atomic and molecular spectroscopies
  • Understand and calculate energy distributions in quantum mechanical systems, using elementary statistical thermodynamics.

Course content

The course involves concepts and methods in quantum mechanics which are required for describing atomic and molecular structure, and the application of these to spectrosopic methods.

  • Experimental techniques for the determination of molecular structures: vibrational, electronic and magnetic resonance spectroscopies.
  • Relations between microscopic and macroscopic properties of matter: Basic concepts of statistical thermodynamics.
  • Molecular physics in biological systems.

Teaching and working methods

The material is presented in lectures and class exercises.


KTR1Voluntary testU, G0 credits
TEN1Written examinationU, 3, 4, 56 credits


Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5

Other information

Supplementary courses: Surfaces and interfaces, Biosensor technology, Microsystems, Biomaterials.


Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi

Director of Studies or equivalent

Magnus Boman


Thomas Ederth

Course website and other links

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 48 h
Recommended self-study hours: 112 h

Course literature

Atkins, P. och de Paula, J. "Physical Chemistry" 9th ed., Oxford University Press
Atkins, P. och de Paula, J. "Physical Chemistry" 9th ed., Oxford University Press
KTR1 Voluntary test U, G 0 credits
TEN1 Written examination U, 3, 4, 5 6 credits

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