This course facilitates, through solving exercises, students’ understanding the basic concepts on chemical kinetics.
Through solving exercises in this course, students will be able to understand the basics of chemical reactions from the view point of physical chemistry.
physical chemistry, rate constant, rate equation, reaction order, transition state theory, reaction cross section
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Solving exercises and its explanation.
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Class 1 | Reaction rate, rate constant, rate equation | Write down the rate equation using the rate constant |
Class 2 | Reaction order, molecularity of reaction | Explain reaction order and molecularity of the reaction |
Class 3 | first order reaction, second order reaction | Solve the rate equation of first order reaction and second order reaction |
Class 4 | Consecutive reaction, pseudo-first order reaction, Steady-state approximation | Explain consecutive reaction and pseudo-first order reaction, and solve the rate equation by using steady-state approximation |
Class 5 | Transition state theory | Explain transition state theory |
Class 6 | Collision theory and collision cross section | Obtain the root mean square velocity of gases using the collision cross sections and Boltzmann distribution. |
Class 7 | Reaction cross section of bimolecular reaction | Give the relation between the reaction cross section and the rate constant of bimolecular reaction |
Course materials are provided during class.
Physical Chemistry 8/e (Oxford University Press)
Full attendance and completion of all exercises are compulsory. Students will be assessed on their understanding and commitment of each class and the final exam.
Enrollment in the related courses is desirable.
Masashi Kitajima (mkitajim[at]chem.titech.ac.jp)
Contact by email in advance to schdule an appointment. Masashi Kitajima (West Building 4, Room 503)