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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Kinetics and Thermodynamics
Module Code CS215
School School of Chemical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: David O'Connor
Semester 2: David O'Connor
Autumn: David O'Connor
Module TeachersAoife Morrin
Joaquin Klug
David O'Connor
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

The purpose of this module is to provide a detailed understanding of the fundamental principles of reaction kinetics and thermodynamics and how they affect the progress of chemical processes. These issues will be put in the context of chemical reactivity.

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse rate data to determine the type of kinetics of reacting systems.
2. Apply kinetics information to gain insight into reaction mechanisms.
3. To understand the significance of the first, second and third laws of thermodynamics.
4. To understand entropies and apply thermodynamics knowledge to predict signs of entropy changes in physical and chemical systems.
5. Perform thermodynamic calculations to predict reaction spontaneity and position of equilibria.
6. To relate the change in free energy of the system to changes in system enthalpy and entropy.
7. To apply knowledge of thermodynamics to understanding the Fundamental Equation and the thermodynamic concept of equilibrium.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study89learning
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Determining order of reaction from initial rate data and integrated rate equations; Kinetic molecular theory - collision theory, transition state, effect of temperature on rate; Interpretation of rate and order in relation to reaction mechanisms; Use of Steady State Approximation in analysis of complex mechanisms; Study of complex reactions - e.g. enzyme catalysis, chain processes, fast reactions

Review of 1st year thermodynamics content
Revision of definitions and variables related to thermodynamics including Energy, Heat, Work, Path and State Functions; First Law; Thermochemistry

Second and Third Laws, Fundamental Equation
Entropy, Free Energy, Gibbs-Helmholtz equation, Clausius-Clapeyron equation, Raoult's Law, Van't Hoff equation, Fundamental equations of open and closed systems, Gibbs-Duhem equation, Phase equilibria and phase diagrams

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment20% Examination Weight80%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
In Class TestContinuous assessment20%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 3
Indicative Reading List

  • Chang, R.: 0, Chemistry, McGraw Hill,
  • Atkins, P.: 0, Physical Chemistry,
  • Brown LeMay and Burstein: 0, Chemistry: The Central Science,
  • R. A. Alberty: 1993, Physical Chemistry, Wiley and Sons,
Other Resources

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SMPSCSingle Module Prof. Science and Health
Date of Last Revision01-FEB-12

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