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NUS Chemistry Module Review: CM3231 Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Thermodynamics

Workload: Light. There are no assignments at all. Few contents. Lecture notes are like 171 pages/slides only. Then try dividing it by the number of lectures we have. Tutorials on odd weeks.

Skip Lecture?: No, unless you have other means. The recommended textbook looks more advanced as in that it’s much more intensive and tends to use different symbols, so I don’t think it’s useful. Tutorials are important too.

Grading weightage: 20% from first test on whatever is covered so far, on Week 7 or so. 20% from 2nd test on whatever is learned after and before the first test. 1 mark 1% if there’s no bell curve. 60% from finals. Closed Book but formulas provided.

Module Difficulty/Contents: No bellcurve depending on your class size, or there might actually be as I scored better than expected despite having a lot of careless mistakes and questions left undone. The contents are light, and the module requires MOSTLY mathematical problem solving/intuition on the level of anti-TYS AMath or H2 Math, and the rest being trigonometric identities, H2 Calculus, simple ODE from MA1421. Anti-TYS means that it’s not on the same level as the easy questions from Ten Years Series. HOMO LUMO diagram knowledge carried forward by other modules like CM1111 is useful and important. The only significant thing carried from CM2101 is the quantum vibrational curve and there’s nothing much about it. However, there is a bunch of things related to CM1131 as the name of the module suggests, and some people may struggle due to Math being Math.

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