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Engenharia Química e Bioquímica

Physical Chemistry

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Publication in the Diário da República: Despacho nº 10764/2011 - 30/08/2011

4.5 ECTS; 2º Ano, 1º Semestre, 22,50 T + 30,0 TP , Cód. 918417.


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At the end of the course students should be able to solve problems with some fundamental concepts of Physical Chemistry, on a microscopic perspective, that will be useful in more advanced courses, namely: Quantum Mechanics, atomic structure and atomic and molecular spectra; Chemical Kinetics, rate of chemical reactions, kinetic theory of gases and molecular dynamics; Electrochemistry.

1. Quantum Mechanics: Introduction. Translational, vibrational and rotational movement. Atomic structure and atomic spectra. Rotational and vibrational spectroscopy.

2. Chemical Kinetics: The rate of chemical reactions. The Arrhenius equation. The kinetic theory of gases. Molecular dynamics.

3. Electrochemistry: Electron transfer. Voltammetry. Electrolysis. Galvanic cells. Corrosion.

Experimental works:
1. Kinetic study of the reaction of crystal violet with sodium hydroxide by spectrophotometry.
2. Kinetic study of the reaction of ethyl acetate with sodium hydroxide by conductimetry. Determination of kinetic parameters.
3. Thermodynamic study of electrochemical cells.

Evaluation Methodology
Assessment is by open-book written tests at different assessment periods (80%) as well as laboratory coursework and reports (20%) with a minimum mark of 10/20.

- Atkins, P. e De Paula, J. e Keeler, J. (2017). Physical Chemistry. Oxford: Oxford University Press
- Formosinho, S. (1983). Fundamentos de Cinética Química. Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
- Levine, I. (2008). Physical Chemistry. New York: McGraw-Hill

Teaching Method
Lectures where the fundamental principles are described. Theoretical and practical classes involving probelm solving and laboratory work dealing with chemical kinetics and electrochemistry.

Software used in class
Not applicable.




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