Physical Chemistry and Spectroscopy

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Physical Chemistry and Spectroscopy

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    In this course the principles of physics are applied to the study of the macroscopic and atomic behaviour of chemical systems. The course begins with the application of thermodynamics to chemical systems, including consideration of phase equilibria and the thermodynamics of solutions and transport properties. Further topics covered include chemical kinetics, quantum chemistry and the fundamentals of rotational and vibrational spectroscopy. The final quarter of the course introduces students to analytical chemical techniques including ultraviolet, infrared and mass spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry and X-ray diffraction. The practical course covers the same material as that in the lectures.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.