Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Provides an understanding of the fundamental chemical properties of aqueous systems. Key areas that will be reviewed include the language and laws of thermodynamics, especially the concepts of enthalpy and entropy and their determination. Understanding the kinetics of chemical reactions. The concepts of equilibrium will be examined including activities and their measurements. Calculation of thermodynamic properties of a solution from phase diagrams will be determined for both unary and binary systems. The use of chemical models will be examined to address some chemical problems.

Unit content

Topic 1: Language of thermodynamics
Topic 2: Entropy changes and irreversible processes.
Topic 3: Equilibrium between two phases of a pure substance.
Topic 4: Thermodynamics of solutions and thermodynamic properties
Topic 5: Calculation of thermodynamic properties of a solution from phase diagrams.
Topic 6: Gibbs phase rule.
Topic 7: Chemical modelling

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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