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CH10173: Physical chemistry 2 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 2
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 the measurement and analysis of reaction rates, molecular spectroscopy and basic quantum mechanics.

Learning Outcomes:
After studying this unit, students should be able to:
* Describe simply the role of kinetics, spectroscopy and basic quantum mechanics in chemistry;
* Discuss the fundamental ideas lying behind kinetics, and spectroscopy and how they can be used to interpret chemical behaviour;
* Perform qualitative and quantitative analyses of and solve problems involving thermodynamic and kinetic concepts and data;
* Solve numerical problems in kinetics and spectroscopy;
* Apply some basic mathematical methods to the solution of chemical problems.

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


* UV/visible spectrophotometry. Vibrational spectroscopy. Linear diatomic and polyatomic molecules. IR spectra of functional group containing compounds. Rotational spectroscopy; rigid rotor model. Vibration-rotation spectroscopy.
* Rates of reactions - constructing the rate law. The influence of reactant concentration on rate. Experimental methods to determine rates. Temperature dependence of the rate constant, Arrhenius behaviour.
* 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:

CH10173 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.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.