CHM107 Chemistry 1B (8)


This subject is a continuation of the study of the fundamentals of chemistry commenced in Chemistry 1A. Topics include thermodynamics; kinetics; oxidation and reduction; an introduction to organic chemistry and organic functional group chemistry, with specific applications.

This subject expects students will have successfully completed the prerequisite subject CHM104.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalOrange Campus
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CHM107
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

CHM104 or CHM115

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- Be able to demonstrate the three laws of thermodynamics and be able to perform thermodynamic calculations;
- Be able to describe how to balance redox equations, use the Nernst Equation and be able to calculate Gibbs free energies and equilibrium constants from electrochemical data;
- Be able to accurately describe the fundamentals of kinetics and be able to determine rate equations from kinetic data;
- Be able to demonstrate an understanding and awareness of the catenation ability of the element carbon, the nature of covalent molecular compounds, and of their chemical properties and nomenclature;
- Be able to recognise the various classes of organic compounds, the type of bonding within them, the various forms of isomerism, and some of the typical industrial applications made of organic substances;
- Be able to demonstrate a familiarity with a selected range of standard chemical transformations between common organic functional groups;
- Be able to deal with quantities of matter in solutions.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Thermodynamics, enthalpy and entropy;
- Reduction-oxidation reactions and applications, reduction potentials, electrochemical cells, Nernst Equation;
- Kinetics, rate equations, reaction mechanism;
- Carbon chemistry and covalent bonding, sigma and pi bonds, hybridisation, resonance, polarity, types of isomerism;
- Hydrocarbons and their properties, mechanisms of halogenation, electrophilic addition, aromatic compounds and their substitution chemistry;
- Reaction chemistry and interconversion of alcohols, phenols, ethers, halides, aldehydes, ketones, amines, carboxylic acids and derivatives;
- Solutions.

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 4 day residential school. Provides a hands on approach to theory learned in the subject.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.