Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Spectroscopy

School of Chemistry

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences


Code 21452

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 10

Semester 2

Other pre-requisites Linked with module 21450

Module description

Thermodynamics provides an essential quantitative framework for understanding both equilibrium and change in the physical world. The objective of this module is to extend the ideas in year 1 to non-ideal situations: situations where the interactions between atoms, molecules or ions need to be taken into account. The module will provide a concise explanation of how these interactions affect the properties of materials and of how systems reach equilibrium. It will then illustrate the importance of some of these ideas in electrochemistry. Electrochemistry is of great technological importance in, for example, power generation, understanding and preventing corrosion, metal finishing, analytical chemistry and synthetic chemistry.