Physical Chemistry

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Physical Chemistry

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    This module introduces the background to our current understanding of atomic structure and describes the
    modern view of the atom in terms of quantum theory. The quantum theory is applied to the electronic structure
    of the elements and is used to demonstrate how the chemical and physical properties of elements are related to
    the arrangement of the electrons in atoms. The quantum approach is then applied to understand the ways in which
    atoms form bonds with each other in molecules and how different modes of bonding can affect the structure,
    shape and properties of molecules. Finally, the range of interactions that can occur between atoms and
    molecules are explored and the roles that such interactions play in determining the properties of various
    materials are examined.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.