Physical Chemistry 2

Subject CHEM20021 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 x one hour lectures per week for 4 weeks (semester 1, usually weeks 5-8); 1 x one hour tutorial per week for 4 weeks (semester 1, usually weeks 6-9); 1 x three hour practical class per week for 8 weeks (semester 2, weeks 1-8); 2 x three hour practical classes per week for 4 weeks (semester 2, weeks 9-12). Total 64 hours.
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours

One of

  • 610-220 Organic Chemistry (prior to 2009)
  • 610-221 Organic & Bio-organic Chemistry (prior to 2009)

plus one of

  • 610-240 Inorganic and Bio-inorganic Chemistry A (prior to 2009)
  • 610-241 Inorganic and Bio-inorganic Chemistry B (prior to 2009)
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: Students may not enrol in this subject and either CHEM20018 Reactions and Synthesis or CHEM20019 Practical Chemistry.

Students who have completed either of the following may not gain credit for this subject

  • 610-210 Light, Matter & Chemical Change A (prior to 2009)
  • 610-211 Light, Matter & Chemical Change B (prior to 2009)
  • CHEM20014 Organic & Physical Chemistry 2
  • CHEM20025 Physical & Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM20022 Organic Chemistry 2
  • CHEM20023 Inorganic Chemistry 2
  • CHEM20024 Organic & Inorganic Chemistry 2
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering applications for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005) and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, this subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the Subject Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit. H
Subject Overview:

The subject includes lecture and practical components. The lectures provides a formal introduction of thermodynamics and its application to phase and chemical equilibria and the practical component will include the synthesis of different classes of organic and inorganic compounds, characterization of chemical compounds using modern analytical techniques; analysis of samples with single and multiple components; determination of the kinetic and thermodynamic properties of molecules; measurement and interpretation of the spectroscopic and magnetic properties of inorganic and organic compounds.

This subject, together with prior completion of a second year level subject in Organic Chemistry (610-220 Organic Chemistry or 610-221 Organic & Bio-organic Chemistry) and in Inorganic Chemistry (610-240 Inorganic and Bio-inorganic Chemistry A or 610-241 Inorganic and Bio-inorganic Chemistry B), will provide the prerequisites for entry into the core third-year lecture and laboratory subjects in Chemistry and thereby provide a path to a Chemistry major

Upon completion of this subject students should;

  • understand basic thermodynamic concepts and the application of these approaches to real solutions, mixtures and phase equilibria;
  • be able to distinguish between kinetically and thermodynamically controlled reactions and to apply these concepts to rationalise synthetic transformations;
  • consolidate their understanding of molecular properties and energetics and be able to apply these concepts to the synthesis of organic and inorganic compounds;
  • know approaches to the synthesis and some reactions of simple polyfunctional organic compounds;
  • acquire skills needed to conduct chemical synthesis;
  • develop the skills needed to perform a range of methods used for chemical analysis;
  • be able to interpret and report the results of spectroscopic or analytical measurements;
  • apply procedures that allow the safe handling of chemicals and conduct of chemical reactions.

Two to three short tests of approximately 1 hour duration conducted online using the learning management system (LMS) for a total of 10%, Ongoing assessment of practical work (of technical competence, reporting and interpretative skills) in the form of approximately 8 short reports (three to four pages) and 3 long reports (five to six pages) due during the semester (60%) and a two-hour end of semester exam (30%)

Prescribed Texts: P Atkins and J De Paula, Atkins’ Physical Chemistry, 9th Ed, Oxford University Press, 2010.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

This subject will provide students with opportunities to develop the following generic skills:

  • the ability to comprehend complex concepts and effectively communicate this understanding to the scientific community and in a manner accessible to the wider community;
  • the ability to analyse and solve abstract technical problems;
  • the ability to connect and apply the learnt concepts to a broad range of scientific problems beyond the scope of this subject;
  • an awareness of advanced technologies;
  • the ability to use conceptual models to rationalise observations;
  • the ability to think and reason logically;
  • the ability to think critically and independently;
  • data recording and interpretation of scientific observations;
  • ability to search chemical databases and the chemical literature;
  • be able to apply procedures for data and error analysis.
Notes: This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 degree), BASc or a combined BSc course.

A laboratory coat and safety glasses are required for laboratory activities.

Subject materials will be disseminated via the learning management system (LMS). Students will be expected to be able to access the LMS for tests conducted through the semester.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses

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