Introductory Physical Chemistry
Module code: CH1203
Physical chemistry is often referred to as the infrastructure of all of chemistry. It concerns the application of principles from physics - principles that underpin life as we know it on earth - to the study of chemical systems. This module will introduce you to core principles and theories behind physical chemistry, namely thermodynamics and kinetics, informing your study and career as a chemist moving forward.
- The aims and terminology of thermodynamics including the first and second laws, basic thermochemistry, enthalpy and entropy, Gibbs energy, acid-base equilibria, simple statistical mechanics and phase diagrams.
- The electrochemical process and how it relates to thermochemistry
- The properties of ideal and non-ideal gases including the understanding of virial coefficients, Maxwell distributions and collision rates
- The basic principles of reaction kinetics and how they can be measured; and the use of these principles to calculate the effect of various parameters on the rates of chemical reactions
- Qualitative and quantitative analyses of and solving problems involving thermodynamic and kinetic data
- 32 hours of lectures
- 4 hours of tutorials
- 5 hours of practical classes/workshops
- 109 hours of guided independent study
- Coursework (25%)
- Exam, 2 hours (75%)