Principles underlying chemical structure, chemical bonding and quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, surface chemistry and colloids and electrochemistry.
CHEM 301 Physical Chemistry focuses on how the fundamental analysis of physical chemistry is applied to gain an understanding of the inter-relationships among and functions of chemical systems. It is designed to provide a mastery of the quantitative analysis of varied chemical systems and an understanding of the physical aspects of chemical systems.
|Paper title||Physical Chemistry|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,038.45|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,492.80|
- 18 200-level CHEM points
- Recommended Preparation
- CHEM 201
- Schedule C
- The course is intended for BSc and BSc(Hons) students majoring in chemistry and non-majors with an interest in physical processes.
- Dr Anna Garden
Tel 64 3 479 7928
Location: Science II, 5N3
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- Teaching staff
- Course Co-ordinator: Dr Anna Garden
Prof Keith Gordon
Dr Carla Meledandri
- Paper Structure
- The topics covered in CHEM 301, which build on related material in CHEM 201, are:
and colloid chemistry
Students will be introduced to the concepts of colloid and surface science and their role in many practical and everyday situations.
Current uses of spectroscopy in research and industrial applications are discussed, focusing on the concepts underlying spectroscopic techniques and computational methods.
The study of quantum mechanics, motivated by the failures of classical mechanics, will be presented and related to modelling in quantum chemistry. Quantum tunnelling will be derived and applied to chemically relevant systems.
- Surface and colloid chemistry
- Teaching Arrangements
- There are three lectures and one 4-hour laboratory class each week.
Atkins, P.W. Physical Chemistry, (8th edn, or earlier), Oxford University Press
Engel, T. and Reid P.J. Physical Chemistry, Benjamin Cummings
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Expectations at the completion of the paper:
- A mastery of the quantitative analysis of varied chemical systems
- An understanding of the physical aspects of chemical systems
- Self-confidence in laboratory skills and problem solving via a laboratory course that complements the lecture course
- The ability to analyse rigorously and communicate results in appropriate formats