CHEM3007 The Chemistry of Reactions

6 points
Not available in 2018UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Physical and Analytical specialisation in the Chemistry major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit explores the underlying processes occurring during chemical reactions. The material covered includes the following four components: (1) Chemical processes occurring at electrodes and mass transport in solution, electrochemical cells and pectroelectrochemistry; (2) Statistical thermodynamics, the link between microscopic and bulk properties of materials, how to calculate thermodynamic quantities from structural and spectroscopic data, understanding intensities in spectra; (3) Quantum chemistry, solving the time independent Schrodinger equation, computational chemistry and ab initio methods, applied to reactants, products, intermediates and transitions states; and (4) Chemical reaction dynamics, mechanisms of chemical reactions at the level of the potential energy surface, and calculation of rate constants.
Students are able to (1) understand the principles and concepts of electrochemistry; (2) understand the nexus between the microscopic and macroscopic properties of matter using that knowledge to calculate thermodynamic quantities; (3) apply the time-independent Schrodinger equation to computational chemistry; (4) understand the mechanisms of chemical reactions at the level of the potential energy surface; and (5) advanced laboratory skills.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) final examination; (2) quizzes and/or assignments; and (3) laboratory. 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 George Koutsantonis
Unit rules
(CHEM2002 Physical and Analytical Chemistry
CHEM2220 Analytical and Physical Chemistry)
(CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry)
CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills
CHEM3304 Analytical and Physical Chemistry
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; laboratories: 36 hours total in blocks of 6 hours; Practical Classes: 1 hour per week

Atkins, P. W. Atkins’ Physical Chemistry, 10th edn: Oxford University Press (chapters 7, 10, 15 and 21)

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