CHM214 Physical Chemistry (8)

Physical Chemistry is the study of the underlying physical principles that govern the structure and properties of matter. The subject provides many of the tools necessary to understand why materials and chemical systems behave as they do. This subject builds on knowledge introduced in Chemistry 1B with the development of quantitative descriptions for processes which occur at the atomic and molecular level. Concepts that are explored include:

  • the structure of matter;
  • the thermodynamic driving force for chemical reactions;
  • the kinetics of chemical reactions;
  • the relationship between electrochemical behaviour and the nature of electrodes and electrolytes;
  • interfacial processes;
  • and quantum mechanics, at a descriptive level.
Subject availability
* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
HD/FL
Duration
One session
School
School of Wine and Food Sciences
Assumed Knowledge
N/A
Prerequisites
CHM107
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to interpret the physical properties of matter, both descriptively and mathematically;
  • Be able to determine the thermodynamic changes that occur during chemical reactions, and have developed an understanding of the impetus for chemical reactions;
  • Be able to determine the mechanism by which a chemical reaction proceeds;
  • Be able to relate the nature of electrolyte systems to electrochemical behaviour and perform calculations using cell potentials;
  • Be able to relate the nature of chemical interfaces to colloidal and surface processes;
  • Be able to express a conceptual understanding of quantum chemistry;
  • Be able to employ skills in the evaluation, interpretation and reporting of experimental data.
Syllabus
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The structure of matter
  • Thermodynamics
  • Chemical kinetics
  • Electrochemistry
  • Surface chemistry
  • Quantum chemistry
Residential School
This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.Laboratory work and tutorials will be conducted at the residential school. Time allowance will be made for students to access resources such as the library during the residential school.
Contact
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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