CHEM210 Quantum and Thermal Structure

Updated: 17 January 2019
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites (CHEM120 or PHYS132) and (MATH120 or MATH101 or MTHS110 or MTHS120 or MTHS130); or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions CHEM201

offered in Trimester 3 only in even-numbered years

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Trevor Brown (
Unit Description

This unit focuses on an understanding of quantum and thermal structure and the relationship to chemical reactivity and physical processes. The laboratory component consists of remote experiments and data analysis. Topics investigated include introductory quantum mechanics; symmetry; molecular orbital theory; the laws of thermodynamics; work; heat; internal energy and enthalpy; entropy; free energy: all with applications to chemical and physical systems and processes.

Important Information

Where calculators are permitted in examinations, it must be selected from an approved list, which can be accessed from the Further Information link below.

Further information

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Chemical Structure and Reactivity: An Integrated Approach

ISBN: 9780199604135
Keeler, J. and Wothers, P., Oxford University Press 2nd ed. 2013

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 15%
Assessment Notes

Assignment requiring short answers and/or calculations.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 3, 4

Compulsory Assessment 2 15%
Assessment Notes

Assignment requiring short answers and/or calculations.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 4

Compulsory Assessment 3 20%
Assessment Notes

Laboratory Work. This does not include bench experiments, but involves remote experiments and interpreting experimental data provided cogent to the subject matter of the unit, carrying out calculations and making critical judgments about the meaning of the results.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 50%
Assessment Notes

It is mandatory to pass the final examination in order to pass this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. understand how the principles of quantum mechanics can be used to predict atomic and molecular properties, and use these principles to predict properties of simple atomic and molecular systems;
  2. explain types of chemical bonding and the formalisms used to describe them;
  3. understand, articulate and apply the laws of thermodynamics to chemical and physical systems; and
  4. solve a range of intermediate level numerical, physical and chemical problems in the field.