This course provides a basic understanding of the core area of physical chemistry, based around the theme of systems, states and processes. Topics covered are chemical thermodynamics and equilibria, and kinetics.
A good understanding of physical chemistry is important to students intending to complete a major or minor study in chemistry, and it lies at the borderline with engineering.
- Semester 2 - 2017
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Developed expertise relevant to the professional practice of chemistry;
2. Developed an understanding of the breadth and concepts of physical chemistry;
3. An appreciation of the role of physical chemistry in the chemical sciences and engineering;
4. Developed an understanding of the role of the chemist and chemical engineer in tasks employing physical chemistry
5. An understanding of methods employed for problem solving in physical chemistry;
6. Experience in some scientific methods employed in basic and applied physical chemistry
7. Developed skills in procedures and instrumental methods applied in analytical and practical tasks of physical chemistry;
8. Developed skills in the scientific method of planning, developing, conducting, reviewing and reporting experiments
9. Developed some understanding of the professional and safety responsibilities residing in working with chemical systems;
The course involves study of:
- Molecular Interactions
- Materials: Macromelecules & Aggregates
- Solid Surfaces:
- growth and structure of surfaces
- processes at electrodes
- Chemical Thermodynamics:
- Gibbs free energy
- chemical potentials
- chemical equilibria
- Phase Changes:
- phases and components
- degrees of freedom
- Chemical Kinetics:
- first and second order reactions
- integrated rate laws
- reaction rate theories
- steady state approximation
- chain reactions
Students must have completed MATH1002 or MATH1110 or MATH1120 or MATH01210 or MATH1220 to enrol in this course.
Formal Examination: Formal exam *
Written Assignment: Written assignments
Report: Laboratory reports *
Presentation: Oral Presentation
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
General Course Requirements:
- Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must attend all scheduled laboratory sessions
- Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions.
Course Assessment Requirements:
- Report: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
- Report: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - All submitted and overall mark of 50 or more to pass courses
- Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Mark of 40 or more
Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term