Department of Chemistry, Unit Catalogue 2009/10
CH10087: General chemistry
|Assessment:||CW 20%, EX 80%|
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
|Description:||This unit is only available to students on programmes in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry.
Aims & Learning Objectives:
To provide a broad introduction to the principles governing chemical reactivity and to illustrate these with a range of examples. After studying the Unit, students should be able to:
* Analyse experimental data and classify reactions.
* Use thermodynamic principles to account for chemical reactivity
* Describe the determination of rates of chemical reactions
* Describe simple theories of bonding in compounds.
* Rationalise reaction and structural chemistry in terms of the bonding models
Introduction to thermodynamics and kinetics with a range of case-study examples to illustrate how the basic principles can be applied to real reactions. Chemical equilibria and coupled reactions. An introduction to atomic and molecular structure and bonding in compounds and how this is used to explain trends in structure and reactivity across the Periodic Table.