Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry
University of Reading
Area of Study
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
OverviewModule Provider: ChemistryNumber of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]Level:6Terms in which taught: Autumn term modulePre-requisites: CH2PH1 Further Physical ChemistryNon-modular pre-requisites:Co-requisites:Modules excluded:Module version for: 2014/5Module Convenor: Dr Joanne ElliottEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgSummary module description:Aims:The overall aim of the module is to introduce the student to advanced topics in physical chemistry relating to colloids, electrode kinetics, quantum mechanics and chemical kinetics.Assessable learning outcomes:Students should be able to discuss the fabrication of colloidal systems, factors affecting colloid stability and double layer theory. They should demonstrate an understanding of quantum mechanics and be able to answer a variety of numerical calculations. Students should be able to discuss the main features of collision theory and transition state theory. They should demonstrate a quantitative understanding of the factors affecting the terms in the Arrhenius equation.Additional outcomes:Outline content:J M Elliott (8) Colloids and Electrode kineticsLyophobic colloids, preparation method, colloid stability, DVLO theory and double layer theory. Overpotential, Butler Volmer equation, Tafel equations and limiting current.R Bennett (6) Quantum mechanicsReview of the breakdown of classical mechanics. Understanding the Schrödinger equation, operators and wavefunctions. The Born interpretation. The uncertainty principle. Finding solutions for simple systems: Particle in a box, Simple harmonic oscillator. Understanding complexity: More than one particle in a box, particle on a ring, the hydrogen atom.A M Squires (6) Theories of Chemical KineticsTransition-state theory; Collision theory; Statistical Mechanics and Partition functions; Thermodynamic form of transition-state theory; Bimolecular, unimolecular and trimolecular reactions.Brief description of teaching and learning methods:Twenty, one-hour lectures backed up with three tutorials.Contact hours:AutumnLectures 20Tutorials 3Guided independent study 77Total hours by term 100.00Total hours for module 100.00Summative Assessment Methods:Method PercentageWritten exam 80Set exercise 20Other information on summative assessment:Tutorial work and oral contribution at tutorials 20%Students will attend 3 tutorials on the material covered in this module. Attendance is compulsory at all. A tutorial comprises both written work and oral contribution. A maximum of 20 marks is available for the written work and 5 marks for the oral contribution for each tutorial set.Submission Dates:Tutorials to be submitted as detailed on Blackboard.Formative assessment methods:Penalties for late submission:The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.Length of examination:1.5 hrsRequirements for a pass:A mark of 40% overall.Reassessment arrangements:Re-examination will take place in the August following final examinations, for the examinable component only, when a student has failed the programme overall.Last updated: 8 October 2014
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