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CH10172: Physical chemistry 1 for visiting students

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take CH10137 OR take CH10138 You must have A-level Chemistry or equivalent to take this unit.
Further information on descriptions 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.

Numeracy (F, A)
Problem solving (T, F, A)
Oral communication (F).


* The world of gases: ideal and non-ideal 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.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CH10172 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AFT01 : Undergraduate visiting/exchange students - credit only

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
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