Physical Chemistry: Molecules, Energy and Change

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Physical Chemistry: Molecules, Energy and Change

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CHEM1011 or MATH1011

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Physical Chemistry seeks to explain chemical processes in terms of energy changes and the molecular nature of matter. This course introduces quantum mechanics and its role in determining the energies of atoms and molecules, followed by the laws of thermodynamics and their applications in chemistry, then links the two approaches with an introduction to statistical thermodynamics. The applications of thermodynamics to electrochemical processes are described, along with examples of practical importance in the areas of corrosion and the electrochemical cells. To complete the physical basis for understanding chemical reactions the factors affecting reaction rates, the role of reaction mechanisms, and molecular theory of reaction rates are described.

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.


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