2016 Physical Chemistry III (Kinetics)

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Yamanaka Ichiro 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the course] In this course, theory and method of mathematical calculation of reaction rate for quantitative evaluation of chemical reaction will be explained., Furthermore, elucidation of reaction rate derived from reaction mechanism will be also explained.
[Aim of the course] To correctly understand chemical reactions, both thermodynamics and reaction kinetics are necessary. In this lecture, students acquire the ability to speculate reaction mechanism by comparison between a rate equation deduced from experimental results and a rate equation derived from rational reaction mechanism.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students acquire the following abilities:
(1) Ability to explain methods of measurement of reaction rate and mathematical description of reaction rate.
(2) Ability to derive rate equation from reaction mechanism.
(3) Ability to explain rate-determining step and activation energy.
(4) Ability to explain rate of reaction on solid surface.


Reaction rate, rate-determining step, activation energy, steady state approximation, adsorption

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course will proceed in the following order: (1) fundamentals of reaction kinetics, (2) reaction rates of complicated reactions, (3) reaction on solid surface. In the last day, practice problems and interpretation of them will be carried out to confirm the level of understanding.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Definition of reaction rate and differential rate equation Explain definition of reaction rate and differential rate equation.
Class 2 Integrated rate equation Explain integrated rate equation.
Class 3 Rate constant and activation energy Explain rate constant and activation energy.
Class 4 Elemental reaction, rate-determining step and steady state approximation Explain elemental reaction, rate-determining step and steady state approximation
Class 5 Reaction rate equations of chain reaction and polymerization Derive reaction rate equations of chain reaction and polymerization.
Class 6 Reaction rate equations of enzyme reaction and photoreaction Derive reaction rate equations of enzyme reaction and photoreaction
Class 7 Adsorption and rate equation of reaction on solid surface Derive adsorption isotherm and reaction rate equation on solid surface
Class 8 Practice problems and interpretation for confirming the level of understanding Solve practice problems by accurate understanding of the above all lectures


P. Atkins, J. de Paula, "Physical Chemistry", 8th Ed., Oxford University Press; ISBN-13: 978-0716787594

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None required

Assessment criteria and methods

Term-end examination (85%), level of class participation (15%) (The level of class participation will be calculated by small examination and so on in the lecture.)

Related courses

  • CAP.B216 : Physical Chemistry I (Thermodynamics)
  • CAP.B217 : Physical Chemistry II (Chemical Equilibrium)
  • CAP.B219 : Physical Chemistry (Kinetic Theory of Molecules)

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

The condition of the study will not be made, but it is desirable to study LAS.C107 : Basic Chemical Thermodynamics, CAP.B216 : Physical Chemistry I (Thermodynamics), CAP.B217 : Physical Chemistry II (Chemical Equilibrium).

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