CHEMY202-22B (HAM)

Physical Chemistry

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science
Chemistry and Applied Physics

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: cheryl.ward@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This course covers aspects of physical chemistry including thermodynamics and phase equilibria; chemical kinetics; conductance and electrochemistry.

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Paper Structure

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This Lecture and lab course covers 5 major areas of Physical Chenistry which are fundamental not only in Chemistry but also in other disciplines such as the Biological Sciences, Engineering and Earth Sciences.

This year, the CHEMY202 paper is to be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorial lectures, some pre recorded zoom tutiorials and laboratories. The main lecture content is to be PANOPTO recorded with these being accessible via the Moodle site for Waikato University at https://elearn.waikato.ac.nz.

The lab sessions for this course begin in the second week after course commencement. Hence they consist of a 3 hour commitment every second week with the first lab for CHEMY202 beginning in the second week after the course starts and thence fortnightly. For coming to the lab you will need to choose from the two available streams (Monday and Tuesday).

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • The ability to
    use the laws of thermodynamics to explain concepts such as the expansion of gases and the Carnot cycle, and to carry out calculations of enthalpy and entropy.
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  • The ability to
    describe the environmental consequences of enthalpy and entropy, mathematically proving statements leading to predictions of spontaneity vs reversibility, and discussing Free Energy Diagrams.
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  • The ability to
    define and recognise a phase of a substance; describe, prove and use the Gibbs Phase Rule; and describe and interpret phase diagrams.
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  • The ability to

    describe binary ideal solutions and the application of Raoult’s and Henry’s Law, together with deviations from Raoult’s and Henry’s Laws as occur in non-ideal solutions, with analysis of the molecular interpretation of ideal behaviour vs. non-ideal behaviour in such solutions.

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  • The ability to
    describe conductivity mechanisms for migrating ions as well as the difference between weak and strong electrolytes, including the effect of the ion atmosphere.
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  • The ability to
    manipulate kinetics data to determine the order of each reactant and hence the overall order of a reaction and to write the appropriate rate equations and determine the effect of temperature upon the rate constant.
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  • The ability to
    interpret kinetics data for sequential and parallel multi-step reactions, applying the rate determining step, steady state and pre-equilibrium approximations as necessary.
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  • The ability to
    use a Lineweaver-Burk plot to determine the rate of an enzyme catalyzed reaction in the absence and presence of a competitive inhibitor.
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  • The ability to
    characterize radical chain reactions and describe the conditions necessary for thermal and chain-branching explosion to occur.
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  • The ability to
    discuss and explain with appropriate supporting calculations the functioning of an electrochemical cell under non-standard conditions including reference to activity of the electrolyte solution and to extend these arguments to the functioning of a pH electrode.
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  • The ability to
    carefully undertake physical chemistry experiments, to keep an accurate record of experiments in a hard cover book , to estimate the uncertainties in any experimental measurements and propagating these errors through resulting calculations.
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  • The ability to
    write concise and clear laboratory reports with coherent discussion supported by appropriate referencing and using appropriate language and formatting.
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 40% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 40% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Error Exercise (part of laboratory)
8 Aug 2022
4:30 PM
10
  • Email: Convenor
2. Test 1 (Thermodynamics and Kinetics)
26 Aug 2022
11:00 AM
10
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
3. Assignment 1 (Thermodynamics and Kinetics)
12 Sep 2022
4:30 PM
5
  • Email: Convenor
4. Lab Report (1)
16 Sep 2022
4:30 PM
5
  • Email: Convenor
5. Test 2 (Phase Equilibria, Conductance and Electrochemistry)
20 Oct 2022
12:00 PM
10
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
6. Assignment 2 (Phase Equilibria, Conductance and Electrochemistry)
21 Oct 2022
6:00 PM
5
  • Email: Convenor
7. Laboratory Reports (3)
25 Oct 2022
4:30 PM
15
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8. Exam
40
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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"Physical Chemistry" - T. Engel and P. Reid or "Physical Chemistry" - P.W. Atkins

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Other Resources

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Lecture notes as gone over in the PANOPTO recordings constitute the main source of information as does the lab manual. Students are encouraged to consult other texts in the library and online resources for further information.
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Online Support

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Physical Chemistry notes may be purchased from Campus Copy. If printing off Moodle please be sure to keep these in an organised state. Questions about course work may be directed to the lecturer either via Email or via Moodle. All lectures are recorded on Panopto and are available on Moodle, which is useful for review or catching up. We will also offer some pre recorded zoom tutorials where the convenor goes over some problems so that students can follow the logic of these by viewing the video. We STRONGLY recommend the attendance of lectures so that questions can be asked of the lecturer.

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Workload

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Formal contact hours: 36 Lectures (@50 minutes) which will consist of delivery of formal lecture material for the paper and tutorials.

Personal study: 3 hours per lecture minimum during the semester for reviewing material and undertaking problem sets or doing practice problems.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper is required for a major in chemistry and for BSc (Hons) in chemistry as well as for a major in biochemistry.

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: CHEM112 or CHEMY102

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: CHEM202, CHEM212, CHEM214

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