This module introduces some advanced theory of molecular structure and reactivity. The subject matter explored in this module is covered at a more advanced level compared to the foundations courses delivered as part of stage 1 and serves to signal to the students how their understanding of chemistry will be expected to develop in its sophistication throughout the course.
Module learning outcomes
At the end of this module students will have:
an understanding of inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry at an intermediate level.
developed key mathematical skills for chemical applications of matrices and determinants.
developed written and verbal communication skills in small group tutorials and workshops.
applied the principles taught in the module to solve unseen problems in small group tutorials and workshops
developed new and existing laboratory skills.
analysed data collected in the laboratory.
Mass spectrometry (BJK, 6 lectures, college workshop)
Symmetry and group theory (DWB, 6 lectures, central workshop and college tutorial)
Metal-ligand bonding and inorganic mechanisms (RED, 10 lectures, college tutorial)
Quantum mechanics (PBK, 6 lectures, college tutorial)
answer one compulsory question and two out of three other questions.
Matrices and Determinants are assessed by an assessed workshop
Lab books will be collected following Practical Assessment 1, with one practical from Autumn weeks 7-10 being assessed on lab book record keeping.
% of module mark
Online Exam -less than 24hrs (Centrally scheduled) Core 4b Exam
Open Examination Assessed workshop: Matrices & Determinants
In Feedback to Students
Tutorials/workshops: written feedback will be given for tutorial work within a week. Written and/or oral feedback for workshops will be given either during the sessions or within a week.
Exams: closed exam results with per-question breakdown are returned to the students via supervisors within 5 weeks. Outline answers are made available via the Chemistry web pages when the students receive their marks, so that they can assess their own detailed progress/achievement. The examiners’ reports for each question are made available to the students via the Chemistry web pages
Atkins, Overton, Rourke, Weller and Armstrong, “Shriver and Atkins' Inorganic Chemistry”, Oxford University Press.
Clayden, Greeves, Warren and Wothers, “Organic Chemistry”, Oxford University Press.
Atkins, de Paula, “Atkins' Physical Chemistry”, Oxford University Press.
Skoog, West, Holler and Crouch, “Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry”, Thomson/Brooks/Cole.