Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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  • Overview

    Module Provider: Chemistry
    Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
    Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
    Pre-requisites: CH2PH1 Further Physical Chemistry
    Non-modular pre-requisites:
    Modules excluded:
    Module version for: 2014/5
    Module Convenor: Dr Joanne Elliott
    Summary module description:
    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 kinetics
    Lyophobic colloids, preparation method, colloid stability, DVLO theory and double layer theory. Overpotential, Butler Volmer equation, Tafel equations and limiting current.
    R Bennett (6) Quantum mechanics
    Review 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 Kinetics
    Transition-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:
    Lectures 20
    Tutorials 3
    Guided independent study 77
    Total hours by term 100.00
    Total hours for module 100.00
    Summative Assessment Methods:
    Method Percentage
    Written exam 80
    Set exercise 20
    Other 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 hrs
    Requirements 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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