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Module

CHY1211 : Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ben Horrocks
  • Lecturer: Dr Nick Walker, Dr Fabio Cucinotta
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

Physical chemistry sits at the interface of chemistry and physics. It is concerned with those fundamental physical laws that have the most profound consequences for chemistry, biology, our use of energy and material resources, and atmospheric chemistry. This module explores the reasons for chemical change, the speed of chemical reactions and the interaction of light with matter. It will be contextualised using examples from environmental chemistry, renewable energy technology, chemical analysis and astrochemistry.

Outline Of Syllabus

Thermodynamics deals with energy in all its forms and the feasibility of chemical processes. It has current relevance in renewable energy technology.
State functions and the laws of thermodynamics
Energy, enthalpy, entropy and free energy
Properties of gases
Liquids, solids and phase changes
Mixtures, chemical equilibria and electrochemistry

Kinetics deals with the rate of chemical change and is particularly strongly connected to our understanding of reactions mechanism across the breadth of the subject.
Reaction rates and mechanisms
Using mathematics to develop reaction models
Rate laws and rate constants
The role of temperature and activation barriers
Transition state theory
Multi-step reactions and intermediates

Spectroscopy and quantum theory provide the basis for our understanding of molecular structure, bonding and properties.
General introduction to quantum mechanics and spectroscopy
Electronic spectroscopy
Vibrational and rotational spectroscopy
Spectroscopy and Temperature
Magnetic resonance spectroscopies

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable