
Academic Year:  2012/3 
Owning Department/School:  Department of Chemistry 
Credits:  6 
Level:  Certificate (FHEQ level 4) 
Period: 
Semester 1 
Assessment:  EX 100% 
Supplementary Assessment:  Likeforlike reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations) 
Requisites:  In taking this unit you cannot take CH10137 or take CH10138You must have Alevel Chemistry or equivalent to take this unit. 
Description:  Aims: To introduce the basic concepts of physical chemistry upon which understanding of modern chemistry depends. These include the principles governing chemical processes in terms of thermodynamic properties, their measurement, chemical equilibria, and phase behaviour. Learning Outcomes: After studying this unit, students should be able to: * Describe simply the role of thermodynamics, in chemistry; * Discuss the fundamental ideas lying behind thermodynamics, and how they can be used to interpret chemical behaviour; * Perform qualitative and quantitative analyses of and solve problems involving thermodynamic concepts and data; * Solve numerical problems in of thermodynamics; * Apply some basic mathematical methods to the solution of chemical problems. Skills: Numeracy (F, A) Problem solving (T, F, A) Oral communication (F). Content: * The world of gases: ideal and nonideal gases. Intermolecular forces: vapours, liquids and solutions. The laws of thermodynamics and thermochemistry: energy changes in chemical reactions. Entropy and free energy. * Calculation of changes in U, H, S, G under a range of temp., pressure and composition conditions. Le Chatelier principle. Relation between Gibbs free energy and equilibrium constants with examples drawn from chemical reactions, redox and electrochemical processes. * Phase behaviour of solids, liquids and gases. Qualitative and quantitative characterisation of phase transitions. Emphasis will be placed on the solution of a range of types of problems. * Quantitative methods and problem solving in chemistry. Revision of basic calculus and trigonometric functions. Application of mathematical methods to solving chemical problems. 
Programme availability: 
CH10172 is Optional on the following programmes:Department of Chemistry
