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Course Overview

Chemistry plays a central role in modern science, not only because of the insights it gives on the composition, properties, and reactivity of matter but also because of its wide-ranging applications. This course seeks to consolidate some of the important fundamentals of chemistry that underlie many topics and principles across the physical sciences and engineering, bringing together molecular structure, reaction mechanisms, the driving forces behind chemical reactions, and methods of chemical analysis and structure determination.

Workshops and laboratory classes complement lectures by consolidating learning and developing problem-solving and hands-on practical skills.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Peter Henderson

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Course Description

  • Theories of chemical bonding of multi-atom molecules, the VSEPR model.
  • The Second Law: entropy, free-energy and equilibrium.
  • Phase equilibria, acid and bases (including buffers).
  • Organic reaction mechanisms: the factors affecting Sn1 and Sn2 reactions, addition reactions, reactinos of aromatic systems.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


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Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: One two-hour written examination (50%), continuous assessment (on-line multiple choice tests) (30%) and lab work (20%). Resit: One two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Marks for lab experiment follow-up tests and MyAberdeen assignments available as soon as possible after the assessments. Informal discussion with students in lab sessions. All of the course team have "open door" policies for meeting students.



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