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Chemical Physics (Advanced) - CHEM2924

Year - 2020

Chemical physics is the study of how the laws of physics give 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. Chemical Physics (Advanced) differs from CHEM2524 in that the laboratory consists of open-ended discovery-oriented exercises. 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. These same lectures are also covered in CHEM2534 Concepts in Chemical Physics but with the laboratory program replaced by a series of classroom workshops and assignments.

3 x 1hr lecture/week for 13 weeks, 1 x 1hr tutorial/week for 13 weeks, 6 x 4hrs laboratory class

2 x in-semester test (10%), 13 x pre-lecture quizzes (10%), 4 x laboratory reports (18%), 2 x laboratory presentations (7%), final exam (55%)


A mark of 65 or above in (CHEM1111 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1001) and a mark of 65 or above in (CHEM1112 or CHEM1912 or CHEM1992 or CHEM1012 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1002)


CHEM2524 or CHEM2534 or CHEM2402 or CHEM2912


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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