Fundamental physical chemistry and its application to chemical processes. Includes spectroscopy, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and kinetics.
CHEM 201 Physical Chemistry and its Applications is designed to provide a strong basis in many of the principles underlying chemical structure and reactivity. The focus of the paper is on principles considered to be of fundamental significance in all areas of chemistry.
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|Physical Chemistry and its Applications
|Semester 2 (On campus)
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- CHEM 111 or CHEM 191 (with a grade of at least B)
- Recommended Preparation
- one of MATH 120, MATH 130 or MATH 140
- Schedule C
- A basic knowledge of calculus is highly recommended.
- Dr Anna Garden
Tel: 63 3 479 7928
Location: Science II, 5N3
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- Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Anna Garden
- Paper Structure
The topics covered in CHEM 201 are:
- Structure, bonding, quantum mechanics and spectroscopy
- Developing a basic understanding of the Schröedinger equation, its solutions and atomic and molecular orbitals
- An introduction to computational chemistry
- Developing a basic understanding of vibrational and rotational spectroscopy
- Introduction to methods of obtaining chemical kinetic data
- Using thermodynamics to obtain information about energy transfer, directions of chemical changes and equilibrium conditions in chemical reactions and phase changes
- Gaining an understanding of the energetics of chemical systems and cycles
- Instilling in students an appreciation of the use of thermodynamics in the analysis of chemical systems
- Teaching Arrangements
There are three lectures, one tutorial and one 4-hour laboratory class each week.
- Highly Recommended: Atkins' Physical Chemistry, P. Atkins and J. De Paula (10th Edition)
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
Expectations at the completion of the paper:
- A basic understanding of the physical aspects of chemical systems
- An understanding of basic elements of molecular spectroscopy, quantum mechanics, kinetics and thermodynamics and the skill to use the basic equations in these topics
- 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
- An understanding of how chemical knowledge is applied in a practical, problem-solving context
- Students who are majoring in chemistry will have acquired knowledge and skills that will enable them to proceed to 300- and 400-level papers in chemistry
- Students not majoring in chemistry will have acquired knowledge of many of the physical principles of chemistry and experimental skills that will serve them well in many areas of science