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Archived Version 2003 - 2004

Module Title Organic and Physical Chemistry
Module Code CS102
School School of Chemical Sciences

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Paraic JamesOffice NumberX108
Level 1 Credit Rating 0
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
To introduce the fundamentals of organic chemistryTo introduce the two main areas of physical - rates of reaction (chemical kinetics) and chemical equilibrium (chemical thermodynamics).

Learning Outcomes
The student should be able to: 7 Understand the physical principles governing rates of chemical reactions. 7 Understand the driving force behind chemical reactions and how external factors can effect the position of chemical equilibrium. 7 Understand the chemistry of organic functionalities.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 36
Tutorials 12
Laboratories 0
Seminars 0
Independent Learning Time 27

Total 75
Assume that a 0 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
Bonding of carbon to other elements. Hybridization. Homologous series. Structural isomers.Bond breaking. Carbocations. Carbanions. Free radicals. Polar covalent bond and inductive effect. Chemical reactions and preparation of - alkanes - alkenes - alkynes - alcohols - carbonyl compounds - amides - acyl halides 2.Physical Chemistry The gas laws, introduction to chemical kinetics, chemical thermodynamics and equilibria.
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Indicative Reading List
Physical Chemistry, Atkins, Oxford University Press Organic Chemistry, McMurry
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