Physical Chemistry: Molecules, Energy and Change - CHEM2011

Faculty: Faculty of Science

School: School of Chemistry

Course Outline:

Campus: Kensington Campus

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 6

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: CHEM1011 or CHEM1031 or CHEM1051, CHEM1021 or CHEM1041 or CHEM1061 and MATH1011 or MATH1031 or MATH1131 or MATH1141 or MATH1231 or MATH1241.

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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Physical Chemistry seeks to explain chemical processes in terms of energy changes and the molecular nature of matter. This course introduces quantum mechanics and its role in determining the energies of atoms and molecules, followed by the laws of thermodynamics and their applications in chemistry, then links the two approaches with an introduction to statistical thermodynamics. The applications of thermodynamics to electrochemical processes are described, along with examples of practical importance in the areas of corrosion and the electrochemical cells. To complete the physical basis for understanding chemical reactions the factors affecting reaction rates, the role of reaction mechanisms, and molecular theory of reaction rates are described.
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