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CH162 - Introduction to Physical Chemistry

  • Module code: CH162
  • Module name: Introduction to Physical Chemistry
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To provide the student with a quantitative appreciation of four branches of physical chemistry: 1. Quantum mechanics 2. Kinetics 3. Thermodynamics 4. Spectroscopy The 6 CATS of skills-based assessed work is part of 18 CATS of skills-based content across the three year 1 theory modules. An example of this overall content would be maths, coding, general IT, specific chemistry software and career development skills. Provide skills development for a range of transferrable and chemistry-specific skills to support their studies and careers e.g. being able to use a range of generic software, chemical software, plus access relevant databases. For the Maths skills component, this provides the mathematical learning support for the Year 1 modules and more advanced modules in Years 2/3/4, enabling students to solve problems in the main branches of chemistry. The mathematical skills taught allow students to understand the concepts behind much of chemistry and allow the processing of their own data. The majority of the module content is drawn from components of A-level syllabuses. As such, most students will already be familiar with some aspects of the module syllabus, but the pattern of familiarity will be heterogeneous across the class. The primary aim of the module is to equip all students with the necessary mathematical skills to succeed in their chemistry degree at Warwick. The module is structured to allow individual students to concentrate their time on those bits of the module with which they are unfamiliar.

Principal learning outcomes

Understand core concepts in physical chemistry, spanning thermodynamics, kinetics, quantum mechanics, and spectroscopy. Apply core concepts from physical chemistry in a range of exercises, often mathematically based. Use physical chemistry concepts to understand and explain practical science problems and applications. Tackle physical chemistry concepts of similar complexity and depth on the periphery of, or even outside, the syllabus.

Timetabled teaching activities

24 CATS Lectures 3 per week (total 60 hrs) Workshops/Tutorials (total 8 hrs)

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: CH162-30)
D (Assessed/examined work) Introduction to Physical Chemistry - 3 hour exam 80%
  Assessed 20%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Undergraduate Chemistry 3 Year Variants (F100) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F105) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry (with International Placement) (F109) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F109) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry (with Industrial Placement) (F110) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F110) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry (with International Placement) (F111) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry (with Industrial Placement) (F112) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Chemistry 3 Year Variants (F121) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F125) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Chemistry with Management (F1N1) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Chemistry and Business Studies (FN11) - Year 1
Optional Core

N/A

Optional

N/A