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Physical Chemistry

Code 11853
Year 2
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload PL(15H)/T(30H)/TP(15H)
Scientific area Chemistry
Entry requirements Not applicable
Mode of delivery At the institution.
Work placements Not applicable.
Learning outcomes The course unit aims to provide a basic understanding of the core area of physical chemistry: chemical thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, phase equilibrium and chemical kinetics, based around the theme of systems, states and processes applied to biological phenomena.
At the end of this UC the student should be able to:
- Mastering the terminology of thermodynamics and chemical kinetics: nomenclature, system units and conventions.
- Apply the learned formalism to solve problems and case studies of thermodynamics and chemical kinetics related to biological phenomena.
- Plan, design and develop experimental work to study simple thermodynamic kinetic properties.
-Treat experimental data in order to understand systems behavior by calculation and analysis of derived thermodynamic and kinetic properties.
- Demonstrated scientific ability and critical thinking in interpreting systems thermodynamic and kinetic behavior.
Syllabus - Thermodynamic laws: 1st Law and generalized work. Statistical interpretation of entropy and 2nd law. Gibbs energy.
- Solution thermodynamics: Partial molar quantities. Binary mixture of volatile liquids. Real solutions. Thermodynamics of mixing. Colligative
- States and chemical equilibrium: Phase diagrams. Thermodynamic basis of chemical equilibrium. Binding of ligands to macromolecules.
Bioenergetics and standard state.
- Thermodynamics of ions and electron transport: Electrolytic solutions. Ionic activity. Ions transport across biological. Electrochemical cells thermodynamics.
- Surface phenomena: Surface tension. Excess surface concentration. Adsorption isotherms.
- Chemical Kinetics: Kinetic parameters. Reaction Mechanisms. Reaction dynamics. Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis.
- Six practical assignments: Calorimetry. Partial molar quantities. Chemical equilibrium. Colligative properties. Adsorption isotherms.
Chemical kinetics.
Main Bibliography Required reading:
- Chang R., “Physical Chemistry for the Chemical and Biological Sciences”, University Science Books, 2000.
- Atkins P. , de-Paula J., “Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences”, W. H. Freeman, 2006.
- Leung M., “Problems and Solutions to accompany Raymond Chang: Physical Chemistry for the Chemical and Biological Sciences”, University Science Books, 2000.
- Schafer W., Klunker J., Schelenz T., Meier T., Symonds A., “Laboratory Experiments Chemistry”, PHYWE series of publications, Germany, 2008.
-Selected scientific papers.

Recommended reading:
- Chang R., “Physical Chemistry for the Biosciences”, University Science Books, 2005.
- Atkins P., Jones L., “Chemical Principles: The Quest for Insight”, 3.rd Edition, W. H. Freeman, 2005.
- Barrow G., “Physical Chemistry”, Edition, Mc Graw Hill, 1996.
- Atkins P., “Physical Chemistry”, Edition, Oxford University Press, 1994.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Discipline composed by theoretical / theoretical-practical component (A) and practical component (B). Assessment (A): - Can be performed continuously (C) or not continuously (nC): evaluation (C): 3 frequencies. At the time of exams, students may choose to take the part of the exam that corresponds to the frequency or frequencies they wish to improve if they have scored on each of the three frequencies > = 6.0. Only students who present in 6 classes out of the 7 theoretical-practical classes will be evaluated. All other students will be assessed by exam. - Classification (A): - Evaluation (C): Arithmetic mean of the 3 frequencies or - Evaluation (nC): Exam. Assessmen (B): - Practical test (grade <6.0 implies failure to UC) and the completion of 5 laboratory assignments with full report delivery. Mandatory attendance of100% practical classes. - Classification (B): 50% Average reports + 50% practical test Final grade: 70% (A) + 30% (B)
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2020-01-23

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