Thermodynamics and Kinetics - CH531

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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5 15 (7.5) DR D Sayle


CH308, CH382 and CH320.





The speed (kinetics) and energetics (thermodynamics) of a reaction are of central importance in chemistry. Here, we use thermodynamics and kinetics to predict whether a particular reaction would take place and its likely product yield. We also cover equilibrium constants, electrochemical cells, colligative properties, including elevation and depression of melting and boiling points, zero, first, second and third order reaction kinetics and statistical thermodynamics. Experiments are included to help to cement understanding. (Lab component.)


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Lectures are given by a variety of lecturers- 24 hrs; practical lab classes - 18 hrs; assignments - 50 hrs. Total number of study hrs - 150 hrs.


This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

Coursework - 40% - 3 assignments (15%) and practicals (25%)
Final exam - 60%

Indicative reading

(i) P.W Atkins, Physical Chemistry,
(ii) R. Chang , Physical Chemistry for the Chemical and Biological Sciences

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes

  • An ability to understand and apply basic concepts in chemical thermodynamics.
  • An ability to predict the feasibility of a chemical reaction.
  • An ability to recognise the links between the macroscopic thermodynamic and microscopic statistical viewpoints.
  • An ability to understand electrochemical reactions and processing.
  • An ability to understand molecular reaction dynamics.
  • The skill to perform calculations using thermodynamic data.
  • The skill to perform practical experiments to gain thermodynamic information.
  • The skill to operate standard chemical instrumentation, record data, evaluate observations and errors.
  • An ability to present and interpret information graphically.

    The intended generic learning outcomes
  • Problem-solving skills, an ability to formulate problems in precise terms and to identify key issues, and the confidence to try different approaches in order to make progress on challenging problems.
  • Analytical skills – associated with the need to pay attention to detail and to develop an ability to manipulate precise and intricate ideas, to construct logical arguments and to use technical language correctly.
  • Personal skills – the ability to work independently, to use initiative, to organise oneself to meet deadlines and to interact constructively with other people.

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