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CAPE1060 Fundamentals of Process Chemistry

10 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Dr AJ Scott
Email: a.j.scott@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with

CAPE1070Foundation Engineering Physics

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module provides students with only a GCSE, or equivalent level, qualification in chemistry with an understanding of the fundamental aspects of process chemistry to a level equivalent to an Advanced-Level qualification. Within this remit the module is tailored to topics of particular relevance to process engineering and aviation technology degree programmes.

Objectives

On completion of this module, students with only a GCSE, or equivalent level, qualification in chemistry, should have an understanding of the fundamental aspects of process chemistry to a level equivalent to an Advanced-Level qualification. Within this remit the module is tailored to topics of particular relevance to process engineering, materials science and aviation technology.

Learning outcomes
Attainment of a sound understanding of the fundamental principles of chemical science that underpin important concepts in the engineering and applied science degree programmes supported.

Skills outcomes
This module provides practice leading to an improvement and refinement of analytical and numerical skills. The module promotes independent learning.


Syllabus

Description of the structure of the atom. Electronic configuration and atomic orbitals. The periodic table. Chemical bonding; metallic, ionic and covalent. Shapes of molecules based on VSEPR theory. Intermolecular forces. Compounds and mixtures. States of matter including ideal gas equation. Inter-atomic and intermolecular interactions and relationship to melting and boiling points of phases. Balancing chemical equations and performing simple material balance calculations. Introduction to organic chemistry. Shapes of organic molecules including explanation of conformers, isomers and geometric isomers. Concept of hybridization of atomic orbitals to produce bonding orbitals. Description and comparison of covalent bonding in ethyne, ethene and ethane. Difference between sigma and pi covalent bonding. Explanation of the shape of ethene molecule and lack of free rotation about the carbon-carbon double bond. Comparison of molecular shapes of cyclohexane and benzene, introduction of concept of delocalised pi-bonding. Survey of functional groups and homologous series of organic compounds: alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxlylic acids, esters and amines. Systematic naming of organic compounds. Introduction to classes of chemical reactions of organic compounds. Explanation of terms homolytic and heterolytic fission of covalent bonds. Chlorination of methane as an example of reaction involving free radicals. Explanation of terms; initiation, propagation and termination in free radical reactions. Examples of nucleophilic substitution reactions. Examples of elimination reactions. Example of electrophillic addition reactions, (bromination of ethene). Rates of chemical reaction processes. Explanation of rate equations and terms therein. Description of the Maxwell Boltzmann distribution of kinetic energies. Explanation of activation energy, transition state and reaction coordinate. Definition of an elementary reaction and relationship to rate law. Use of partial pressure as a measure of concentration in gas phase reactions. Description of concept of chemical equilibrium. Definition of equilibrium constant and determination of its units. Explanation of Le Chatelier's principle application to Haber process for the production of ammonia. Review of acids and bases. Definition of strong and weak acids and bases. Definition of ionic product for water as basis of pH scale, and pKa for weak acids.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture221.0022.00
Tutorial101.0010.00
Private study hours68.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Eight non-assessed coursework problem sheets are provided as the basis of the tutorial sessions, it is envisaged that students also use these sheets as a basis for structuring their private study to support this module.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress is monitored and feedback given to the students at the weekly tutorials.

Methods of assessment


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019

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