Course Description

Course Name

Physical Chemistry and Spectroscopy

Session: VCPS3122

Hours & Credits

24 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

CEM1000W (or equivalent), 1000-level full course in Physics, 1000-level full or semester course in Mathematics; concurrentregistration for STA1000F/S is highly recommended.

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this 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.

DP requirements: Attendance and completion of practicals, tests and tutorial exercises and at least 50% for the class record.

Assessment: Class record (comprising tests and practicals) counts 50%; one 2-hour paper written in June counts 50%. It is necessary to pass the theory examination and the whole course in order to secure an overall pass.

*Course content subject to change