The following syllabus provides a general guide to the topics to be discussed:
Atomic structure and bonding: electronic structure of atoms, quantum numbers, orbitals and energy levels, filling sequence, periodicity of atomic properties, octet 'rule', chemical bonds - ionic, covalent - energetics, H-bonds, Lewis structures, shapes of molecules, VSEPR theory, valence bond theory, hybridisation, resonance, molecular orbital theory of simple homonuclear diatomic molecules.
Equilibrium: Haber process as example of the Law of mass action, equilibrium constants, Kc and Kp, Le Chatelier's principle, reaction quotient, endo- and exo-thermic reactions.
Acids/bases and aqueous equilibria: classical, Lowry-Brønsted, and Lewis definitions, pH of aqueous solutions, strengths of acids and bases - Ka and Kb, titration curves, buffers, extent of hydrolysis - weak acids/bases, solubility products.
Introductory thermodynamics: Energy - different forms, kinetic and potential, heat and work, the First Law of Thermodynamics, conservation of energy, internal energy and enthalpy, Hess' Law, state functions, standard states, calorimetry.
Electrochemistry: redox reactions, half-cell reactions and balancing equations, oxidation states, Voltaic cells, electrodes, electrode potentials, electromotive force and the free energy of cell reactions, Nernst equation.
Advanced thermodynamics: entropy, Second and Third Laws of Thermodynamics, free energy, equilibrium, spontaneous processes, equilibrium constants - calculations, extent of reaction.
Organic structure, isomerism & reactivity: carbon hybridization, functional groups, nomenclature, 3D chemistry, conformations, isomerism, biological and synthetic polymers - for example, polyamides and polysaccharides.
Laboratory: Exercises illustrating the simpler principles of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. The apparatus used in the course is supplied by the Research School of Chemistry. Attendance at laboratory classes is compulsory.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will
have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the electronic structure of an atom and the concept of chemical bonding and be able to interpret the relationships between them.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the laws of thermodynamics, heat changes in reactions and entropy. Be able to explain whether a reaction is spontaneous.
- Demonstrate an understanding of chemical equilibria, acids and bases and the processes occurring in solution. Be able to perform quantitative calculations.
- Be able to interpret a developed thin layer chromatogram.
- Be able to demonstrate an insight and understanding into the bonding and structure of a variety of simple organic molecules, including isomerism and stereochemistry.
- Be able to demonstrate the use of chemical nomenclature and the knowledge of the classification, properties and reactions of a wide variety of organic compounds according to the functional groups they contain.
- Recognise the importance of chemistry in the biological sciences and society at large. Be able to apply chemical concepts to the understanding of biological structures and processes.
- Demonstrate the ability to perform safe laboratory manipulations and to manipulate glassware. Be able to perform volumetric analysis and chemical synthesis following a prescribed procedure.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be based on:
- Laboratory work (25%) (LO1-8)
- Online quizzes (20%) (LO1-7)
- Final examination (55%) (LO1-7)
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Workload160 hours of total student learning time made up from:
- 75 hours of lectures and laboratory/tutorial-based activities
- 85 hours of supported and independent student work.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsBrown, Lemay, Bursten et al., Chemistry: The Central Science latest Ed., Pearson 2014
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