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.
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- CHEM 201 (or prior to 2022, 18 points CHEM 200-level)
- Schedule C
The course is intended for BSc students majoring in chemistry and non-majors with an interest in physical processes.
Professor Keith Gordon
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Location: Science II, 1N8b
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- Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Professor Keith Gordon
- Paper Structure
The topics covered in CHEM 301, which build on related material in CHEM 201, are:
Current uses of spectroscopy in research and industrial applications are discussed, focusing on the concepts underlying spectroscopic techniques and computational methods
- Molecular Quantum Mechanics
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
Students will be introduced to the concepts of colloid and surface science and their role in many practical and everyday situations
- Teaching Arrangements
- There are three lectures and one 4-hour laboratory class each week.
Atkins' Physical Chemistry 11th Edition.
Engel, Physical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy 4th 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 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