Physical Chemistry: Molecules, Energy and Change - CHEM2011

Faculty: Faculty of Science

School: School of Chemistry

Course Outline:

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 6

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: CHEM1011 or CHEM1031 or CHEM1021 or CHEM1041 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 energy levels of atoms and molecules, followed by the physical basis for understanding the factors affecting reaction rates, the role of reaction mechanisms, and molecular theory of reaction rates. The course then introduces the molecular basis underpinning the laws of thermodynamics and their applications in chemistry, with specific attention given to the application of thermodynamics to electrochemical processes. To complete, the course introduces the surface and colloid chemistry which explains many important natural and technologically important phenomena.
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