
Introduction to the Theory of Intermolecular Interactions
University of Helsinki, Spring 2001
Lecturer: 
Dr. Nino Runeberg (runeberg@chem.helsinki.fi) 
Level: 
Advanced undergraduate and postgraduate 
Language: 
English 
Literature: 
Lecture notes and additional handouts 
Credits: 
3 
Brief Outline
 Basic concepts
 The classical model of intermolecular forces
 A quantum mechanical approach to intermolecular interations
 Electrostatic theory of intermolecular interactions
 A charge distribution in a potential field
 The multipole expansion of the long range electrostatic interaction energy
 A classical approach to induction
 Quantum mechanical theory of long range interactions
 Multipole expansion of the interaction operator
 Long range electrostatic and induction energies from the perturbation theory
 Long range dispersion interactions
 Interactions around equilibrium distances
 Manybody effects
 Applicability of available methods for calculation of interaction energies
Lecture Notes and Exercises
The lecture notes and exercises can now be found in the Notes folder.
Useful links
Free textbook "Introduction to Tensor Calculus and Continuum Mechanics" by John H. Heinbockel.
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