Syllabus for Chemical Physics

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Syllabus

  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1KB700
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics G2F, Chemistry G2F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2009-03-12
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Spring 2019
  • Entry requirements: 60 credits in chemistry including Quantum Mechanics, Chemical Bonding and Spectroscopy, 10 credits, or Physical Chemistry I, 10 credits, or the equivalent.
  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • discuss fundamental theoretical principles and models and solve conceptual problems in chemical reaction dynamics, electron- and energy transfer
  • describe the basic principles of photophysics, photochemistry and lasers
  • solve numerical problems related to the course content
  • perform advanced laboratory experiments related to the course content, analyse and report the results and discuss them in context

Content

Chemical reaction dynamics: collision theory, transition state theory, bimolecular diffusion-reaction models, potential energy surfaces, barriers and transitions, ultra-fast dynamics, electron and energy transfer. Excited states and basic photochemistry. Semiconductors and solar cells. Lasers in chemistry. Electronic circuits. Optical and electronic measurements. Sources and reduction of noise.

Instruction

Lectures, problem solving classes, demonstrations and laboratory exercises.

Assessment

Written (8 credits) at the end of the course. The laboratory course corresponds to 2 credits. The final grade comprises a weighed sum of the of the written examination and the laboratory course.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2021

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Atkins, P. W.; De Paula, Julio Atkins' physical chemistry

    10 ed.: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014

    Find in the library