Physical Chemistry

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Physical Chemistry

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    18 200-level CHEM points (1 course)

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    Principles underlying chemical structure, chemical bonding and quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, surface chemistry and colloids and electrochemistry.

    CHEM 301 Physical Chemistry focuses on how the fundamental analysis of physical chemistry is applied to gain an understanding of the interrelationships among and functions of chemical systems. It is designed to provide a mastery of the quantitative analysis of varied chemical systems and an understanding of the physical aspects of chemical systems

    Course Structure
    The topics covered in CHEM 301, which build on related material in CHEM201, are:

    • Surface and colloid chemistry
      • Students will be introduced to the concepts of colloid and surface science and their role in many practical and everyday situations.
    • Spectroscopy
      • Current uses of spectroscopy in research and industrial applications are discussed, focusing on the concepts underlying spectroscopic techniques and computational methods.
    • Molecular Quantum Mechanics
      • The study of quantum mechanics, motivated by the failures of classical mechanics, will be presented and related to modelling in quantum chemistry. Quantum tunnelling will be derived and applied to chemically relevant systems


    Learning Outcomes
    Expectations at the completion of the paper:

    • A mastery of the quantitative analysis of varied chemical systems
    • An understanding of the physical aspects of chemical systems
    • Self-confidence in laboratory skills and problem solving via a laboratory course that complements the lecture course
    • The ability to analyse rigorously and communicate results in appropriate formats

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