Course Title Physical Chemistry II
Course Level 200
Credit Unit 2

Chemical reactions underpin the production of almost everything in our modern world hence we need to understand the driving force behind reactions. The question is why do some reactions occur while others do not and what is happening at the atomic level? Some answers to these fundamental questions and more are discussed in this course which covers Thermochemistry: heats of reaction, formation, combustion, etc. Calorimetry, Hess’ law. Enthalpy and its measurements, thermochemical interpretation of chemical reactions. Third law of thermodynamics. Introduction to X-ray crystallography. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • know energy and its involvement in chemical reactions

  • understand the difference between exothermic and endothermic reactions

  • evaluate and understand the basis for energy balance in reactions

  • apply appropriate equations and expressions in calculating heat and energy changes

  • explore experimental setups for determining heat involved in reactions 

  • Understand the use of X-ray crystallography in spectroscopy