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Unit Overview


This unit has been designed to combine scientific content, theoretical principles and associated laboratory skills. The unit develops the concepts in physical, inorganic and organic chemistry that are required for studying chemistry at higher levels and interdisciplinary science. The unit begins with the consideration of atomic structure and chemical bonding and enables the student to carry out chemical calculations involving the mole and progresses to more complex scientific principles such as thermodynamics, kinetics and equilibrium.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) solve chemical quantitative calculations involving the mole; (2) describe the structure of the atom and the evidence for quantisation; (3) define isotopes and explain the use of mass spectrometers; (4) explain ionic and covalent bonding and predict the shapes and polarity of molecules; (5) describe periodic trends of elements and their compounds; (6) apply the principles of chemical equilibria to chemical reactions; Le Chatelier's principle; (7) explain the concepts of thermodynamics and apply Hess's Law; (8) discuss the factors affecting reaction rate including the use of the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution; (9) acquire safe and practical lab skills in manipulation and use of chemicals using standard lab apparatus; and (10) acquire practical skills of recording and analysis of experimental measurements and procedures.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) examination (end of unit); (2) lab work/reports; and (3) Testing/quizzes (x2). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Unit rules
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CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry

Blackman, Southam, Lawrie, Williamson, Thompson, Bridgeman, Chemistry Core Concepts, 2nd Edition, Wiley ISBN: 9781742467078

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