Physical Chemistry

Course code CHEM2410Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

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.

This course has compulsory course components and students must:
1. must participate in and submit laboratory reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a minimum passing grade of 50%; and
2. obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will have:

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;
ContentThe course involves study of:

1) Molecular Interactions
2) Materials: Macromelecules & Aggregates
3) Solid Surfaces:
a. growth and structure of surfaces
b. processes at electrodes

4) Chemical Thermodynamics:
a. Gibbs free energy
b. chemical potentials
c. chemical equilibria

5) Phase Changes:
a. phases and components
b. degrees of freedom

6) Chemical Kinetics:
a. first and second order reactions
b. integrated rate laws
c. reaction rate theories
d. steady state approximation
e. chain reactions
f. catalysis
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCHEM1010 and CHEM1020.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Lecture
Laboratory
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: FormalThis is a compulsory course component. Students must obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course in order to demonstrate that they have fulfilled course objectives relating to the understanding of the material expounded during lectures and/or described in assigned readings.

On achieving a passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student has satisfied the compulsory course component. Students who fail to satisfy the compulsory course component will be awarded a zero mark and a FF grade, irrespective of their final numeric mark. In such case, the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
Laboratory ExercisesThis course has compulsory course component in its laboratory component. Students must participate in and submit laboratory reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a passing grade of at least 50% in order to demonstrate that the student has fulfilled course objectives relating to appropriate laboratory skills and professional and safety responsibilities. On achieving the passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student satisfied the compulsory course component. For those students who fail to satisfy the essential criterion will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.

Make-up provisions
Students who are unable to complete the required number of laboratory exercises for reasons beyond their control will be offered the opportunity to make up at least one experiment at the discretion of the Discipline of Chemistry.
ReportsLaboratory reports
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Compulsory Course ComponentIn order to meet course objectives aligned with the students' understanding of, and ability to manipulate and apply the theoretical concepts which form the core of the material expounding during lectures and/or described in assigned readings, students must:
1. must participate in and submit laboratory reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a minimum passing grade of 50%; and
2. obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for CHEM2410