Physical Chemistry 1
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Physical chemistry is the study of the underlying physical principles that govern the properties and behaviour of chemical systems. The knowledge of these principles is important and provide a framework for all branches of chemistry, whether we are synthesizing compounds in a research laboratory, manufacturing chemicals on an industrial scale or trying to understand the intricate biological processes in the cell. This module is intended to broaden your understanding of physical principles in chemistry. It deals with three main areas: thermodynamics, thermo chemistry and chemical kinetics. Studying thermodynamics enables the chemist to predict whether or not a reaction will occur when reactants are brought together under a specific set of conditions. Indeed industrial chemists often place more emphasis on speeding up the rate of a reaction than on its percentage yield. Organic chemists use kinetic studies to determine the mechanisms of reactions and to tell how fast products will be formed.