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CM2516: SHAPES, PROPERTIES AND REACTIONS OF MOLECULES (2017-2018)

Last modified: 24 Aug 2017 16:22


Course Overview

This course investigates some key areas of inorganic chemistry. An introduction to simple crystal structure types is given and important solid state materials such as high temperature superconductors, photocatalysts and zeolites are described. The concept of symmetry is introduced. Redox chemistry is developed in terms of Latimer, Frost and Ellingham diagrams: their applications in modern technology and industry are emphasised, including batteries, fuel cells, corrosion, electrolysis and water purification. The key properties of transition metal complexes - shapes, colours and magnetism are described and analysed in terms of crystal field theory. Laboratory experiments are closely tied to the lecture materials.


Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr William Harrison

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • CM2518 Shapes, Properties and Reactions of Molecules (Distance) (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course investigates some key areas of inorganic chemistry - the structures and properties of continuous solids, redox chemistry and an introduction to the transition metals. Models of close packing and other simple structure types are described for solids and concepts of symmetry are introduced. Redox chemistry is developed in terms of Latimer, Frost and Ellingham diagrams and their applications in technology and industrial processes are emphasised. The key propeties of transition metal complexes - shapes, colours and magnetism are described and analysed in terms of crystal field theory. No maths beyond basic arithmetic is needed.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Archaeology with Chemistry
  • BSc Chemistry
  • BSc Environmental Chemistry
  • BSc Oil and Gas Chemistry
  • Chemistry Major
  • Master of Chemistry
  • Master of Chemistry (Environmental Chemistry)
  • Master of Chemistry in Oil and Gas

Contact Teaching Time

58 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (60%), laboratory assessment (25%), continuous assessment (15%).
Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment given during tutorial classes and laboratory classes.

Feedback

Marks for lab experiments and MyAberdeen assignments available as soon as possible after the assessments; feedback on wrong answers provided. Informal discussion with students in lab sessions.

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