CHEM2002 Physical and Analytical Chemistry

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Physical and Analytical specialisation in the Chemistry major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit is compulsory for all students taking the physical/analytical specialisation of the Chemistry major. It builds on the foundation of core chemical principles and experimental techniques provided in CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques. More advanced concepts and techniques in chemical kinetics (including reaction mechanisms, chain reactions, polymerisation reactions and collision theory) and thermodynamics (including the phase rule) are presented. A more detailed description is given of atomic spectroscopy and energy levels, and introductory electrochemical principles and techniques are covered.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) understand principles and concepts related to (a) the structure of matter at an atomic and molecular level; (b) reaction mechanisms, complex reactions and theories of chemical kinetics; (c) advanced thermodynamics; and (d) introductory electrochemistry; (2) acquire basic practical skills in (a) the operation of instrumentation; (b) techniques of data analysis; and (c) the interpretation of experimental measurements and the evaluation of their reliability; and (3) further their skills development in scientific writing, problem solving, critical analysis and teamwork, as well as more advanced research skills specific to the discipline.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) 11 laboratory reports during the semester; (2) quizzes and/or assignments based on the lecture material and literature research; and (3) a final two-hour examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Allan McKinley
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
or
CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry
Incompatibility:
CHEM2220 Analytical and Physical Chemistry
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 3 hours per week for 11 weeks
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