Subject details

  • Topics
    • Chemical equilibria
    • Acid-base equilibria
    • Periodic trends of the elements
    • Transition metal chemistry
    • Functional group chemistry of unsaturated hydrocarbons and carbonyl compounds; addition and condensation polymerisation
    • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
    • Phase equilibria
    • Solution chemistry
    • Conductance
    • Chemical kinetics
    • Chemistry laboratory

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. describe chemical equilibria and its application to acid-base properties
  2. describe the solid-state structures of metals and ionic compounds
  3. describe periodic trends in chemical properties in the elements
  4. understand the chemistry of the transition metals
  5. describe the reactions of organic functional groups including aromatics, alkenes and alkynes, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids, and carboxylic acid derivatives
  6. apply an understanding of phase equilibria to ideal and real solutions
  7. describe the use of conductance in the study of chemical systems
  8. describe chemical kinetics and apply the integrated rate law
  9. undertake university-level chemistry experiments in a scientific and safe fashion.
  • Assignment 1 - Invigilated Exam (60%)
  • Assignment 2 - Online tests (24%)
  • Assignment 3 - Laboratory Reports (16%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

Special requirements

  • AttendanceDetails - Includes two days of mandatory laboratory exercises at RMIT University, Melbourne

This subject is designed for students who have completed Year 12 chemistry or the OUA subject SCI18 Introduction to Chemistry; as well, students should have also completed Chemistry of Materials 1, or be taking it concurrently. Students will study: acid-base equilibria; periodic trends of the elements; transition metals; alkenes and alkynes; aromatics; chemistry of carbonyl compounds: aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and acid derivatives; addition and condensation polymerisation; phase equilibria and solution chemistry; conductance and kinetics.

Please note the dates below for the compulsory requirements for this subject to attend laboratory classes at RMIT University's City Campus in central Melbourne:

Study Period 2:

  • July 11 - 12, 2018 - All Day*

Study Period 3:

  • October 17-18, 2018 - All Day*

Please note: In order to pass, students must achieve a mark of at least 40% in the final written exam.

*More details will be provided at the commencement of the relevant Study Period and available on Blackboard.

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