CH1PH1-Physical Processes and Molecular Organisation

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:4
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites: A level Chemistry, or equivalent
Co-requisites: CH1IN1 Fundamentals of Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table CH1OR1 Shape, Structure and Reactivity in Organic Chemistry CH1PRA Laboratory Skills for Chemists
Modules excluded: CH1FC1 Fundamental Concepts in Chemistry 1 CH1FC3 Molecular Studies for the Life Sciences or CH1PH2 Physical Processes for Biologists
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Joanne Elliott

Email: j.m.elliott@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:
The module aims to provide the students with an understanding of the fundamental principles of Physical Chemistry which will also act as a foundation for the remainder of the course.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students should be able to assess quantitatively basic thermodynamic and kinetic data; and describe basic concepts. They should understand what dictates the physical properties of matter and how basic molecular properties can be determined experimentally.

Additional outcomes:
Work in this module will lead to improved numeracy and descriptive abilities.

Outline content:
J M Elliott (5 lectures) - Chemistry in the Balance - Equilibrium.
The importance of equilibrium in chemistry and life. Equilibrium law; dynamic nature; gaseous and solution equilibria; acid-base equilibria; heterogeneous equilibria. The effect of temperature and a variety of simple calculations.

A M Squires (5 lectures) - Chemical Kinetics
The rate equation; order, rate constant and integrated rate equations; kinetics and mechanism; Arrhenius equation.

I W Hamley (5 lectures) - What makes Reactions go? Chemistry and Energy.
Forms of energy; enthalpy, Hess’s Law, qualitative approach to entropy and free energy, 2nd and 3rd laws of thermodynamics.

D Nutt (6 lectures) - The Quantum World: Inside atoms and molecules:
Why do we need quantum mechanics?; Quantisation; Energy levels; The interaction of light with matter; Spectroscopy.

A M Squires (6 lectures) -Molecular Organisation: Gases, Liquids & Solids.

Ideal gas behaviour; interactions between molecules; qualitative discussion of how real gases behave; pressure-temperature phase diagrams for one-component systems; vapour pressure; Raoult's law; temperature-composition phase diagrams for two partially miscible liquids and for a mixture of volatile liquids: application to fractional distillation.


All Staff (5 lectures) Review Lectures
Revision of material covered in all courses in preparation for the final exam.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Three one-hour lectures per week with two tutorials and five workshops on related material.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 27 5
Seminars 5
Tutorials 2
Guided independent study 161
       
Total hours by term 195.00 5.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 75
Class test administered by School 25

Other information on summative assessment:
Students will attend tutorials and workshops on the material covered in this module. Attendance is compulsory at both. Both tutorial work and workshop problems will form the basis of the test held at the end of the spring term. Tutorials must be submitted by the named date.

A one hour test at the end of the spring term (week 30) based on tutorial and workshop material. 25%
Submission dates: Tutorial 1 held in week 23 (submission due in week 22), Tutorial 2 held in week 26 (submission due in week 25)

Tutorial work must be submitted by the deadlines specified according to the tutorial grid on the Blackboard site

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:
• where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
• where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadine. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
(Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

For students on chemistry-based degree courses any unexplained absence from more than two tutorials in chemistry in any term will automatically incur a formal warning from the School Director of Teaching and Learning.

The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    2 Hours

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment will be held in August 2016 and will be by examination only worth 100%.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books: Required text books:
    •'Chemistry' by Catherine E. Houscroft and Edwin C. Constable. ISBN-10: 0273733087, £70
    •'Foundations of Physical Chemistry' by Charles Lawrence, Alison Rodger and Richard Compton. ISBN-10: 0198559046, £41.99
    •Chemistry Data Book, 2nd Edition in SI, by JG Stark and HG Wallace. ISBN-10: 071953951X, £18.99

    2) Specialist equipment or materials: Scientific Calculator (non-programmable), £10.00
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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