Physical Chemistry

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Physical Chemistry

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CHEM1100 or CHEM1020

    Recommended prerequisite

    CHEM1200, CHEM1010, or CHEM1030

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    Course Description
    The course covers the basic physical principles that are the foundation of essentially all materials and biological chemistry. Topics include electronic structure, chemical bonding, non-covalent and intermolecular interactions, chemical kinetics and thermodynamics. The course also provides an introduction into a range of physical techniques used to characterise (bio) molecular systems. These include UV/visible spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, circular dichroism, as well as scanning differential and isothermal calorimetry.
    Course Introduction
    CHEM2002 covers fundamental aspects of Physical Chemistry. The course is intended for students wishing to continue study in physical, analytical, materials, biological or biophysical chemistry. The course builds on the physical and quantitative elements of CHEM1100 with a focus on understanding how molecules interact, how one can determine and predict chemical equilibria in different chemical or cellular environments and how spectroscopic and other physical techniques can be used to characterise the thermodynamics of (bio)molecular systems.
    The following topics will be covered in this course: Electronic structure and its relationship to chemical bonding; Electronic structure and molecular spectroscopy; Intermolecular interactions and chemical equilibria; Chemical kinetics, catalysis and factors affecting the rates of chemical reactions; Thermodynamics of molecular systems under ideal and non-ideal conditions; Molecular Spectroscopy including absorbance and fluorescence spectroscopy.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • understand and explain basic physical chemistry concepts
    • apply concepts to solve problems relevant to the scope of the course
    • demonstrate a high level of proficiency in laboratory skills related to the area of physical chemistry
    • communicate the outcomes of practical experiments utilising a range of spectroscopic and physical chemistry techniques through written reports
    • process, display and report data using online templates
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour, 3 Practical or Laboratory hours
    Assessment Summary
    Laboratory Report: 35%
    Tutorial Exercise: 15%
    Final Exam: 50%

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