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CHEM2524: Chemical Physics

2024 unit information

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. 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.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Chemistry Academic Operations

Code CHEM2524
Academic unit Chemistry Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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(CHEM1111 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1001) and (CHEM1112 or CHEM1912 or CHEM1992 or CHEM1012 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1002)
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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CHEM2924 or CHEM2534 or CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916
Assumed knowledge:
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None

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand and apply knowledge of chemical physics
  • LO2. Work safely and competently in a chemical laboratory
  • LO3. Communicate scientific information and laboratory findings effectively using a range of modes (written, oral, visual, etc) for a variety of audiences
  • LO4. Recognize the relevance of chemical physics to applications beyond the discipline of chemistry and articulate the social value of the subject
  • LO5. Evaluate and interpret chemical data to resolve chemical questions and advance chemical inquiry in chemical physics
  • LO6. Work collaboratively and responsibly in data collection, analysis and communication

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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