Molecules Matter & Energy - CHEM3080

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This module is not currently running in 2023 to 2024.


This module introduces and revises the basic concepts of chemistry that underpin our understanding of the stability of matter. This starts with introducing atomic and molecular structure, with a focus on understanding the electronics of bonding in the molecular compounds around us. You will then study the laws governing the behaviour of gases and origins of other interactions that hold solids and liquids together, alongside describing some of their basic properties such as conductivity, viscosity, and the way in which ions behave in solution. In the final aspect of this module, we cover the critical role thermodynamics plays in determining the stability of matter, including the fundamental laws of thermodynamics and the importance of equilibrium in reversible reactions.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150


This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

Assignment 1 (30 minutes, 6.5%)
Assignment 2 (30 minutes, 6.5%)
Class Assessment 1 (45 minutes, 7%)
Assignment 3 (30 minutes, 6.5%)
Class Assessment 2 (45 minutes, 7%)
Assignment 4 (5 hours, 6.5%)
Examination (2 hours, 60%)

Indicative reading

Winter (1994), Chemical Bonding: Recommended for the Atomic and Molecular Structure component of this module
Jones, Clemmet, Higton and Golding (1999), Access to Chemistry: Background reading for students without A-level chemistry
Chang (2000), Physical Chemistry for the Chemical and Biological Sciences: Recommended purchase for students with a good A-level chemistry background
Atkins (2012), The Elements of Physical Chemistry: A Less Mathematical Approach

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Have a knowledge and understanding of:
Major aspects of chemical terminology, conventions and units
The nature of electrons and the structures of atoms and molecules
The characteristics of the states of matter and the theories used to describe them
The principles of thermodynamics

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories
Solve qualitative and quantitative problems


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