Module Specifications..
Current Academic Year 2023  2024
Please note that this information is subject to change.
 
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Description 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.  
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
Kinetics 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, GibbsHelmholtz equation, ClausiusClapeyron equation, Raoult's Law, Van't Hoff equation, Fundamental equations of open and closed systems, GibbsDuhem equation, Phase equilibria and phase diagrams  
 
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Date of Last Revision  01FEB12  
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