Undergraduate Course: Chemical Physics 3S2 (CHPH09006)
|School||School of Chemistry
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||A lecture course on advanced physical chemistry topics. When taken in combination with Chemical Physics 3S1 (CHPH09007), this course forms part of the prescribed third year curriculum for students on degrees in Chemical Physics. The course is comprised of lectures selected from Semester 2 of Chemistry 3A (CHEM09005). The primary aim of the Chemical Physics 3S1 and 3S2 courses is to provide chemical education and training to a level which will enable students to progress to Honours degree programmes in Chemical Physics. In addition, the broad coverage of physical chemistry will contribute to students' long-term prospects for employment and research in chemical sciences.
Chemical Physics 3S2 consists of the following lecture courses under the theme of characterisation of molecules, matter, and reactions: molecular spectroscopy; phases and interfaces; reaction kinetics; statistical thermodynamics; X-ray crystallography.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||It is recommended that Visiting Students are enrolled on Chemistry 3A (VS2) (CHEM09010) in place of this course.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 30,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 27,
Online Activities 2,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 2.5,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 2.5 h exam.
||A primary source of feedback will be through Tutorials (small-group sessions, examples classes, and problem workshops) and online multiple-choice tests. Students are given the opportunity to sit and anonymously peer-mark a class examination at the end of Semester. The peer marking exercise gives students a deeper insight into exam marking, enabling them to improve their own examination technique.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||3:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||3:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand both the theoretical basis and use of experimental spectroscopic methods and other analytical techniques: rotational, vibrational and electronic spectroscopy, basic ESR spectroscopy, analytical electrochemistry and X-ray crystallography.
- Show proficiency in the quantitative analysis of kinetic data and know how to calculate thermodynamic properties using the Boltzmann distribution and partition function.
- Explain the bulk properties of substances in relation to the structure of their constituent molecules.
- Draw and interpret phase diagrams, and understand the thermodynamics of phase transitions in terms of the behaviour at the interfaces between phases.
|Atkins' Physical Chemistry 10th Edition, Atkins and De Paula, ISBN 978-0199543373.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||1. Independent planning and learning.
2. Numerical and qualitative problem-solving.
3. Appreciation of the role of chemistry in the modern world.
|Course organiser||Prof Eleanor Campbell
Tel: (0131 6)50 4729
|Course secretary||Ms Fiona Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 4707