Course Description

Course Name

Physical Chemistry and Spectroscopy

Session: VCPS3119

Hours & Credits

24 Host University Units

Prerequisites & Language Level


In this course the principles of physics are applied to the study of the macroscopic and atomic behaviour of chemical systems. The course begins with the application of thermodynamics to chemical systems, including consideration of phase equilibria and the thermodynamics of solutions and transport properties. Further topics covered include chemical kinetics, quantum chemistry and the fundamentals of rotational and vibrational spectroscopy. The final quarter of the course introduces students to analytical chemical techniques including ultraviolet, infrared and mass spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry and X-ray diffraction. The practical course covers the same material as that in the lectures.

*Course content subject to change