University of Otago, New Zealand


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CHEM201 - Physical Chemistry and Its Applications


CHEM 201 Physical Chemistry and Its Applications is an 18-point paper available in the first semester.

It focuses on fundamental physical chemistry and its application to chemical processes in the natural environment. It is designed to provide a strong basis in many of the principles underlying chemical structure and reactivity.  The focus of the course is on principles considered to be of fundamental significance in all areas of chemistry.

The topics covered in CHEM 201 are:

There are three lectures, one tutorial, and one four-hour laboratory class each week.

Prerequisite papers

CHEM111 is a prerequisite.  A basic knowledge of calculus is highly recommended.

Lecture times 

Semester 1  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 11:00 am 


Semester 1  Monday, Wednesday or Thursday at 2.00 pm (Chemistry Labs, second floor, Science I)

The objectives of the laboratory course are:

Expectations at the completion of the course

Students who are majoring in chemistry will have acquired knowledge and skills that will enable them to proceed to 300- and 400-level papers in chemistry.  Those students not majoring in chemistry will have acquired knowledge of many of the physical principles of chemistry and experimental skills that will serve them well in many areas of science.

Graduate Attributes

Interdisciplinary perspective, self-motivation, lifelong learning, communication


Three hour written examination 70%
Laboratory assessment 30%


Atkins, P.W.  Physical Chemistry, (7th edn, or earlier), Oxford University Press.

Teaching Staff

Professor Keith Gordon

Dr Anna Garden

Dr Carla Meledandri

Dr Rob Middag

Dr Kimberly Hageman

Course Coordinator

Professor Keith C. Gordon
Professor Keith C. Gordon
Tel: +64  3  479 7599
Location: Science II, 5n1