CHEM301 - Physical Chemistry
CHEM 301 Physical Chemistry is an 18-point paper available in the first semester.
It focuses on how the fundamental analysis of physical chemistry is applied to gain an understanding of the interrelationships among and functions of chemical systems. It is designed to provide a mastery of the quantitative analysis of varied chemical systems and an understanding of the physical aspects of chemical systems. The course is intended for BSc and BSc(Hons) students majoring in chemistry and non-majors with an interest in physical processes.
The topics covered in CHEM 301 are:
- Molecular Quantum Mechanics
- Surface and colloid chemistry
- Students will be introduced to the concepts of colloid and surface science and their role in many practical and everyday situations.
There are three lectures and one four-hour laboratory class each week.
Semester 1 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 am
Semester 1 Tuesday at 2.00 pm (Chemistry Labs, second floor, Science I)
During the semester, students complete a series of experiments. Periods of laboratory time are set aside for discussion of write-ups and consultation with lecturing staff. Laboratory experiments relate closely to the lecture course.
The objectives of the laboratory course are:
- to experience in a laboratory context many of the ideas presented as part of
the lecture course
- to develop experimental skills associated with the measurement of
- to obtain a critical evaluation and a high standard of presentation of experimental work
- proficiency in the use of computers for spreadsheet applications and simulation studies
- to gain familiarity with aspects of experimental design.
Expectations at the completion of the course
- A mastery of the quantitative analysis of varied chemical systems
- An understanding of the physical aspects of chemical systems
- Self-confidence in laboratory skills and problem solving via a laboratory course that complements the lecture course
- The ability to analyse rigorously and communicate results in appropriate formats
Interdisciplinary perspective, self-motivation, lifelong learning, communication
Three-hour written examination 75%
Laboratory assessment 25%
Prof Keith Gordon
Dr Carla Meledandri
Dr Anna Garden
Atkins, P.W. Physical Chemistry, (8th edn, or earlier), Oxford University Press.
Engel, T. and Reid P.J. Physical Chemistry, Benjamin Cummings