The goal is to offer students insight in the properties and the physical behaviour of molecules.
A broad basic knowledge in chemistry, mathematics and thermodynaics.
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Is also included in other courses
The course in Physical Chemistry aims at familiarizing students with the physical properties and the structure of molecules. These are then used in order to describe the interactions between molecules. The physical properties of ideal gasses are described quantitatively (including speed, collision frequency, average free road distance and mass, energy and moment transport) with the aid of the definition of the partition function and the division law of Boltzmann. The physical properties of real molecules are studies with the introduction of intermolecular interactions: melting points, boiling points, hydrophobe and hydrphile interactions, in order to arrive at amphiphile molecules and their importance in biology. In chapter 3, the speed of chemical reactions is described. First, the terms order, speed constants, activation energy and speed comparisons are explained. Next, mechanisms of reactions are studied. In a third part, the relation is made between kinetic gas theory and speed, diffusion limited reactions and the activated complex are defined. In the final part of the course, the symmetry properties of molecules are described, as well as their effects on its physical
properties. Modern quantum mechanics atom structure is studied, and the
students are introduced in the nature of chemical compounds.
Atkins' Physical Chemistry, Oxford University Press
Exam in two parts, which both count for the same amount of Marks.
1. Written evaluation during the exam period (theory knowledge)
2. Permanent evaluation, oral with written preparation. Problems are solved in
teams. The reasoning and the result are presented to the group.