3 x 60-minute lectures weekly
7 x 180-minute laboratories per semester
Enrolment not permitted
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Topic description

This topic will examine the factors that drive chemical reactions and determine their outcome. Topics examined will include the energetics of reactions, the rate at which reactions occur, controlling formation of one particular product over another and the steps through which reactions occur and various representations of these steps.

Educational aims

This topic aims to provide students with an insight into how and why reactions occur and what drives particular outcomes of reactions. Students will be exposed to discussions on what variables can be used to control chemical reactions and what techniques can be used to follow chemical reactions. The topic will give students an appreciation of the measurement of both the rate of a chemical reaction and the energy flow during the chemical reaction.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand the Laws of Thermodynamics and appreciate their application to chemical reactions
  2. Understand the principles of reaction kinetics and reaction mechanisms
  3. Predict and rationalise mechanistically the products from a variety of chemical reaction conditions, and factors that may influence them
  4. Monitor chemical reactions safely and independently in a laboratory and examine and characterise the compounds produced
  5. Evaluate and present results from laboratory work in written form
  6. Design, carry out and defend the results of a capstone experiment

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.