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CHEM2004 The Chemistry of Reactions

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Chemistry; Chemistry - Physical and Analytical major sequences
This course gives hands-on experience in understanding and obtaining the
molecular structure via X-ray crystallography, the gold standard for determining
structure in chemistry. Advanced concepts and techniques in chemical
kinetics, molecular collision theory, and molecular dynamics simulations
of bulk chemical properties are also presented. Concepts and theory will be
supported by practical workshops, use of world-class modern equipment, software
and visualisation tools. The unit emphasises core STEM skills sought after
by employers and invaluable for second-year physical chemistry.
Students are able to (1) understand, observe and carry out the refinement
of a simple crystal structure such as sucrose; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the origin of reaction rate laws and how terms in the Arrhenius equation are obtained in theory and by experiment; (3) demonstrate an understanding of how molecular dynamics simulations work, and carry out actual molecular dynamics simulations, and visualise the motion of molecules
; and (4) practice relevant skills related to vectors, matrices and dynamical and rate equations.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) final examination; (2) quizzes and assignments; and (3) laboratory sessions. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the laboratory sessions component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Dino Spagnoli
Unit rules
Successful completion of two Unit(s) CHEM1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics and Unit(s) CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity
Successful completion of Enrolment in Unit(s) CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
Unit(s) CHEM3007 The Chemistry of Reactions
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 36 hours across the semester; tutorials: 1 per week

Physical Chemistry, Atkins et. al, 11th edition (2018)

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