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CH265 - Statistical Mechanics

  • Module code: CH265
  • Module name: Statistical Mechanics
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Credit: 7.5

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To introduce the concept of ensembles, and their importance in understanding chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium and entropy; To develop a framework that links the theory used to understand macroscopic (thermodynamic) and microscopic (quantum) behaviour in chemistry;To familiarise students with a number of quantitative and qualitative applications of these concepts and theoretical frameworks.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: Discuss the concept of a chemical ensemble and demonstrate how it may be used to understand and describe entropy, chemical equilibria and chemical reactions; Describe and use methods by which a knowledge of the quantum states of individual molecules can be used to predict the kinetic, transport and thermodynamic properties of macroscopic collections of molecules; Calculate partition functions for isolated molecules, and use these to calculate equilibrium constants and simple thermodynamic properties; Calculate the entropy of simple systems, such as the residual entropy of molecular crystals and the entropy of a 2-level quantum system;Derive fundamental relationships between Quantum and Statistical Mechanics, and between Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures 3 per week over 5 weeks (15 hrs in total); Workshops 3 x 1 hrs 3 hrs in total; Office hours 10 x 1 hr : 10 hrs in total; Total Contact Hours 28 hrs

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Other essential notes

Pre-requisites: CH160, CH162

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
7.5 CATS (Module code: CH265-7.5)
B (Examination only) Statistical Mechanics 100%
VA (Visiting students only) Assessed work for visiting/exchange students 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F106) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate MChem Chemistry with Industrial Training (F108) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F126) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry with Industrial Training (F128) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Chemistry with Management (F1N1) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Chemistry with Management (with Intercalated Year) (F1N2) - Year 2
Optional Core