Chemistry 2

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Chemistry 2

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course builds on concepts that have been introduced in CHEM1100 (Chemistry 1) thereby developing the knowledge and understanding across inorganic, physical and organic chemistry necessary for advancement to the higher levels of study in chemistry, biochemistry and engineering courses. Core topics include: reaction profiles and kinetics, structure, reactivity and mechanisms, organic functional group chemistry, structural determination, acid and base chemistry and transition metal chemistry. This course is recommended for all students in the following programs: BSc, B Biomedical Science, B Biotechnology B Engineering and B Occupational Health and Safety Science.
    Course Introduction
    This course provides an introduction to Chemistry as a molecular science and builds on the material presented in CHEM1100. It begins with an introduction to chemical kinetics and reactivity. This section discusses in a quantitative way the reaction kinetics of chemical species. This knowledge is then utilised to further develop the structures and reactivities of organic molecules. These are, as you will recall from CHEM1100, compounds of carbon and are the building blocks from which all life is made. The course explores the implications of the three dimensional shape of molecules, their stereochemistry, with an introduction to the various reaction mechanisms possible for organic molecules. The reactivity of a variety of organic molecules is discussed. This is followed by an introduction to spectroscopy including Mass Spectrometry (MS) and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). Finally in the Organic chemistry section the chemistry of carbonyl compounds, including polypeptides, will be discussed. The final module is divided into two sections; the first expands on the acid base chemistry from CHEM1100 and explores the applications of that knowledge to buffer systems which are fundamental to many areas of biology and chemistry. Then transition metal chemistry, an hitherto unexplored area of the periodic table in this course, is introduced. The topic covers the three dimensional and electronic structure of this extremely fascinating group of colourful and biologically important molecules. For all the lecture material to be delivered in CHEM1200, you are STRONGLY advised to revise your CHEM1100 notes and be familiar with the concepts taught in that course.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • Recognise the central nature of chemistry to many other areas of science and identify the links between different areas of chemistry and their connection and relevance to all aspects of modern living.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of chemical kinetics.
    • Based on the content of CHEM1100, exhibit an expanded knowledge and understanding of the chemistry and reactivity of organic molecules.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure of various functional groups; describe the shapes of organic molecules and predict the effect that this may have on structure and on reactivity; understand the reactivity of alkenes, aromatics, and carbonyl compounds and predict the outcome of some synthetic transformations.
    • Understand and be able to perform simple calculations related to weak acids, weak bases, salts in solution and buffer solutions
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure of transition metal compounds, crystal field theory and visible spectroscopy.
    • Demonstrate practical competencies in a basic set of laboratory techniques.
    Class Contact
    3 hours lecture, 3 hours practical
    Assessment Summary
    Laboratory: 25%
    Computer based assessment: 10%
    Mid-Semester exam: 20%
    Final Exam: 45%

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