Physical Chemistry (FND14)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Spring teaching

This module builds upon the introductory chemistry module and develops your understanding of physical chemistry topics. Topics will include: chemical physical equilibrium, entropy, free energy, reaction rate, rate constant, reaction order, correlation between thermodynamics and kinetics, acid and base calculations, redox reactions.

The practicals will build on the laboratory skills acquired in the autumn term, as well as implementing new concepts. There will be a problem based exercise to ensure you can tackle calculations, and a test to confirm your comprehension of the topics covered.


50%: Lecture (Lecture, Post-lab)
39%: Practical (Laboratory)
11%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Problem Set, Test)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 30 hours of contact time and 120 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.