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Atoms and the periodic table; chemical bonding; reduction and oxidation reactions; properties of gases; introduction to thermodynamics; kinetics; chemical equilibrium; Gibbs energy and the second law of thermodynamics; aqueous chemistry; acid-base equilibrium.
Develop skills in the critical analysis of chemical informationDevelop problem-solving skills in chemistryEnhance applied mathematical skills relevant to chemistryDevelop a working understanding of:Atomic structure and periodicityChemical bonding and material propertiesChemical reactions, especially redox reactionsQuantities and dimensions (IUPAC conventions and SI units)Physical models and the properties of gasesThermochemistry, including the 1st law of thermodynamicsEntropy and the 2nd and 3rd laws of thermodynamicsGibbs energy and its relationship to chemical equilibriumChemical kinetics, reaction mechanisms and integrated rate lawsEquilibria, equilibrium constants and Le Châtelier’s principleThe chemistry of water Acid-base equilibria
(1) NCEA: at least 14 credits NCEA Level 3 Chemistry, or(2) CIE: at least D grade in CIE AL Chemistry orA grade in CIE ASL Chemistry, or(3) IB: at least Grade 4 in IB HL Chemistry orGrade 6 in IB SL Chemistry, or(4) CHEM114, orat least B Grade in BRDG023.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
, Greg Russell
and Ian Shaw
Course handout and content (PDF 1009KB)
Domestic fee $883.00
International fee $4,000.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
School of Physical & Chemical Sciences on the department and colleges page.