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Archived Version 2012 - 2013

Module Title Spectroscopy and Physical Chemistry
Module Code CS202
School School of Chemical Sciences

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Module Co-ordinatorProf. Conor LongOffice NumberX112
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To introduce the basic concepts of spectroscopy as well as electrochemistry, equilibria and also discusses the general physical properties of molecules. To develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of spectroscopy. To develop problem solving skills with reasoning. To understand the theory underlying spectroscopy and electrochemistry and provide a background to practical laboratory training.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the effect on a molecule of the absorption of a photon of electromagnetic radiation
2. Descibe the limitations of the equations used to model absorption events
3. Calculate physical parameters from spectroscopic data
4. Calculate cell potentials under nernstian and non-nernstian conditions
5. Use cell potentials to determine concentration of analyte in sensor cells
6. Calculate thermodynamic parameters using cell potentials
7. Appreciate the role of electrochemistry/redox chemistry across a number of biological an industrial domains

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36No Description
Independent Study84No Description
Total Workload: 120

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

Modes of excitation; electronic, bond deformation, rotational, nuclear spin inversion.Introduction; Energy Levels: Schrodinger equation: solve for particle in one dimensional box. Concept of energy levels: Thermal population of energy levels. Vibration Spectra: Hooke's Law, SH oscillator, force constants, zero point energy. The anharmonic oscillator, the Morse function. Selection rules. Vibration - rotation spectra. Vibrations of polyatomic molecules, fundamental vibrations, overtones and combination bands.Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectra Spectroscopy: Angular spin momentum of a nucleus. I, interaction with magnetic field, Bohr Nuclear energy levels in a magnetic field. Larmor precession frequency. Factors influencing chemical shift, Origin of spin-spin coupling and its use in structural determinations.PHYSICAL CHEMISTRYElectrochemistry: Electrochemical cells: galvanic and electrolytic, electrodes, potential of interfaces, standard emf, measurement of emf, types of electrodes, construction of electrodes, ion- selective electrodes.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Banwell CN, McCash EM: 1994, Fundamentals pf Molecular Spectroscopy, 4th, McGrath Hill, London, 0-07-707976-0
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