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Module

CHY2210 : Physical Chemistry (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ben Horrocks
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module builds on the foundation of stage 1 physical chemistry and gives a deeper understanding of the principles that govern chemical processes. The module covers microscopic theories of chemistry based on quantum mechanics, the macroscopic point of view of thermodynamics and the statistical concepts that link these two branches of the subject. The principles of chemical energetics, kinetics and spectroscopy will be illustrated throughout with examples of the modern applications of physical chemistry.

Outline Of Syllabus

Foundations and Applications in Quantum Mechanics

Fundamentals in Quantum Mechanics (e.g. Particle-in-a-box model)
Time-dependent and Time-independent Quantum Mechanics
Applying Quantum Mechanics: Quantum Chemistry
Quantum Chemistry in Materials Discovery
Understanding and Computing Excited State Properties of Molecules

Energetics and Interfacial Phenomena

Statistical concepts
Thermodynamics of solutions
Standard states, activities and electrode potentials
Fundamentals in Interfaces: Adsorption, isotherms and electrical double layer
Applications of Electrochemistry in Energy Materials and Sustainability
Beyond Thermodynamics: The Kinetics of Electrochemistry

Molecules in Motion

Kinetic theory of gases
Molecular mobility and collisions in gases
Ion conductivity
The Diffusion and Arrhenius Equations
Diffusion-controlled reactions
Excited state Kinetics
Application of Excited State Kinetics in Solar Cells

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture120:306:00Revision for module examination - semester 2
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Module Examination - Semester 2
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:306:00Revision for formative examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Formative examination - Semester 1
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops481:0048:00Calculation classes including some computational classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study189:3089:30Background reading, online questions, and practice of past papers
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time480:3024:00Online question using NUMBAs after each workshop
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A variety of methods will be used for delivery of the material and to ensure that students actively engage with the subject matter. Traditional lecture delivery is accompanied by calculation classes.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A75Module Examination - Semester 2
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment2M25Online Workshop Questions
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
PC Examination1MFormative Examination - Semester 1
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formative exam will assess the level of knowledge and understanding from topics studied in semester 1. This will allow the module team to review and feedback on any topic which may have been problematic.

The summative written examination will assess the level of knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the module. The examination will present students with questions from a selection of topics learnt throughout semester 1 and 2 module content.

Reading Lists

Timetable