Physical Chemistry is concerned with the application of physics to the study of chemical systems. Through physical chemistry one can understand and predict the behaviour of chemical systems, thereby allowing these systems to be optimised. This module will provide an introduction to kinetics (how fast chemical reactions happen) and to the fundamental concepts and reasoning of quantum mechanics.
External repeat only possible if lab module is already passed.
Aims and Objectives
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- Solve simple problems of multi-step chemical reaction kinetics
- Explain fundamental concepts of quantum mechanics, how it encodes position and momentum in the wave function, how stationary quantum states are linked to the system energy, and how stationary quantum states and energy levels arise in bound quantum systems
- Solve simple quantum one-dimensional, stationary quantum mechanical problems
- Describe how rate laws are obtained from experimental data and how they emerge from the interaction of elementary reaction steps
- List the fundamental four forces and the particles that make up the known universe
- Explain concepts including chemical reaction rates, their dependency on concentration and temperature and basic enzyme kinetics
Subject Specific Practical Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Meet the learning outcomes of a co-requisite practical module.
Rates of chemical reaction; Determination of rate laws; Isolation & initial rate methods; Integrated rate laws; Temperature dependence of reaction rates;Elementary & consecutive reactions; Approach to equilibrium; The steady state concept; Rate law of complex mechanisms;The rate determining step; Unimolecular reactions; Enzyme kinetics; Particles; Forces; Electromagnetic spectrum; Probability and probability amplitudes;Position and momentum
wavefunctions; Energy; Particle in a box; Confined states; 3D box; Degeneracy
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, small group tutorials and laboratory sessions.
|Wider reading or practice||40|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||10|
|Total study time||149|
Resources & Reading list
Peter Atkins, Julio de Paula, and James Keeler. Atkins' Physical Chemistry.
Peter Atkins and Julio de Paula. Elements of Physical Chemistry.
Final exam, tutorials and laboratory marks. The latter are accumulated under the co-requisite lab module.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External