Physical Chemistry for Engineering

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Physical Chemistry for Engineering

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Chemistry, Engineering Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CHEM1100 or CHEM1020

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    Course Description
    Kinetics, including reaction mechanism, chain reactions, polymerisation reactions and collision theory. Phase transitions, vapour pressure, solutions, interfaces, surface tension, wetting, absorption, surfactants, Gibbs adsorption isotherm, micelles, adsorption at gas/solid interface, heterogeneous catalysis, insoluble monolayers.

    Course Introduction
    Physical chemistry is the field of chemistry which develops the basis for understanding matter by observing how it behaves under different conditions, and how it interacts with its environment.  Physical chemistry concepts underpin a range of science disciplines including materials science, nanotechnology and biotechnology.  This course addresses a number of key areas in physical chemistry, focussing on the rates of chemical reactions, interfacial phenomena, phase transitions and solutions.

    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1. demonstrate recognition and understanding of the concepts of physical chemistry, surface chemistry and chemical kinetics
    2. demonstrate acquisition of, and proficiency in, laboratory skills and techniques related to the concepts of physical chemistry and surface science encountered in lectures
    3. solve problems through recognition and application of principles taught in lectures and apply quantitative skills developed through problem solving sessions and tutorials

    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 3 Practical or Laboratory hours, 1 Tutorial hour

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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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.