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Concepts in Chemical Physics - CHEM2534

Year - 2020

Chemical physics is the study of how the laws of physics gives rise to the complexity of molecular behavior and the extraordinary variety of materials and properties - from liquid crystals to tungsten carbide - that result when large numbers of atoms or molecules interact with each other. To trace the connection between fundamental physical laws and their diverse material outcomes you will apply computational techniques and gain experience in the modelling tools used in material design and technological development. You will address the fundamentals of structure in materials including symmetry and crystal stability, defects, porous structures and emergent properties such as magnetism. You will explore the statistical origins of thermodynamic stability and chemical kinetics, concepts fundamental to battery, fuel cell, sensor, and capacitor technologies. Modern experimental methods for structural determination (e. g. neutron diffraction) and dynamics (e. g. pulsed laser spectroscopy) will be covered. By doing this unit you will develop a deep insight into the physical basis of complex chemical systems and a firm foundation for future studies in physical and computational chemistry, materials science, and device design. Concepts in Chemical Physics covers the same lecture material as CHEM2524/2924 but does not involve laboratory classes. Instead, students will undertake a series of workshop exercises aimed at exploring the broader impact of chemical innovation on technology and society. This unit does not represent a prerequisite for any of the 3000-level lab-based Chemistry units.

3 x 1hr lecture/week, 1 x 1hr tutorial/week, 1 x 1hr workshop/week

2 x in-semester test (10%), 13 x pre-lecture quizzes (10%), 2 x workshop reports (12%), 2 x workshop presentations (13%), final exam (55%)


CHEM1111 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1915 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1001


CHEM2924 or CHEM2524 or CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2532 or CHEM2533


Faculty: Science

Semester 2

24 Aug 2020

Department/School: Chemistry Academic Operations
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 28 Sep 2020
Unit of study level: Intermediate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
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Unit of Study coordinator: Professor Peter Harrowell
HECS Band: 2
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