Physical Chemistry IIIB

Subject 610-311 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 lectures
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours total time commitment

One of

  • 610-210 (prior to 2009)
  • 610-211 (prior to 2009)

Concurrent enrolment in Physical Chemistry Practical III is strongly recommended.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: Credit cannot be gained for this subject and Physical Chemistry IIIA.
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Prof Franz Grieser
Subject Overview:

Upon completion of Physical Chemistry IIIB students should understand the basis behind statistical mechanics and intermolecular forces and how these relate to the formation and stability of complex fluids/phases and soft condensed matter; understand the concepts of equilibrium electrochemistry and the principles controlling the rates of electrode processes; be able to quantitatively describe the role of surfaces in a variety of important chemical phenomena and to use models to describe micelle formation from surfactants; understand the range of techniques for the production of atomic and free radical species and the kinetic aspects of abstraction, addition and branched chain reactions; appreciate the principles of molecular spectroscopy, spectral interpretation and laser action; be able to quantitatively characterise excited state properties and understand their significance in processes such as photosynthesis and photodegradation of materials; and understand the solution properties of macromolecules.

The subject covers surface chemistry; electrochemistry; photochemistry; reactions of unstable species; complex fluids and their phase behaviour; and macromolecules.

Objectives: .

Written assignments not exceeding 15 pages due during the semester (10%); a 3-hour written examination in the examination period (90%).

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Chemistry

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