CHEM1043 Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry I for non-chemists
Aims and Objectives
The aim of this course is to provide a core for future studies in chemistry and allied subjects, in the following areas: modern ideas of chemical bonding; the shapes and symmetry of molecules; an introduction to spectroscopy and structure solving Teaching in this course recognises the diversity of our intake in terms of A level syllabus followed and choice of non-Chemistry A level subjects (maths, physics, etc.). Lecture component: The aims of the Physical Chemistry part of the module are to provide: • a review of the concepts of enthalpy and entropy. • familiarity with the first and second laws of thermodynamics. • Introduce and apply the concept of Gibbs free energy. • apply thermodynamic concepts to understand the properties of mixures and solution phase equilibria. • further explaination of the concepts of equilibria with emphasis on acid/base equilibria and electrochemistry.
• Chemical thermodynamics: concepts of enthalphy, entropy and internal energy; first and second laws of thermodynamics; Hess cycles; use of energies of formation; definition and use of heat capacity; Gibbs energies and chemical potential; links to chemical equilbria; solution phase equilbria; activities and activity coefficients; effects of pressure and temperature on equilibrium constants; Le Chatelier’s principle; Henderson Hasselbach equation; exploration of equilibria, with emphasis on those important in aqueous acids and bases;
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, problem-solving tutorials with group working and tutor support Feedback is provided • In tutorials through assistance with the set work. • Through the marks achieved in the in online tests. • Through generic feedback following the examinations. • Upon request by viewing of marked examination scripts.
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||24|
|Wider reading or practice||17|
|Total study time||75|
Resources & Reading list
P W Atkins and J. de Paula (2013). Elements of Physical Chemistry.
C. Lawrence, A. Rodger, R. Compton. Foundations of Physical Chemistry.
P. Monk, L.J. Munro (2010). Maths for Chemists.
W G Richards and P R Scott. Energy Levels in Atoms and Molecules.
James Keeler and Peter Wothers (2008). Chemical Stucture and Reactivity.
E Steiner (2008). The Chemistry Maths Book.
Andrew Burrows, John Holman, Andrew Parsons, Gwen Pilling, and Gareth Price (2009). Chemistry3: Introducing inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry.
P.A. Cox. Introduction to Quantum Theory and Atomic Structure.
|Examination (1.5 hours)||100%|
Pre-requisites: A-level chemistry or equivalent (required) A-level mathematics or equivalent (desirable)