This lecture course will provide an introduction to the kinetics of chemical reactions for graduate and upper level undergraduate science and engineering students. Bulk and molecular level considerations will be discussed and provide a foundation for the understanding of chemical reaction mechanisms and the techniques used for their study. Students will gain an understanding of the importance and significance of the rate laws of reactions and in particular the reaction rate constant. Details of how the environment in which reactions occur (e.g. gas phase, solution phase and surface reactions) and molecular structure are reflected in the rate constant will be discussed. Examples such as catalytic loss cycles in the atmosphere, enzyme catalysis, combustion systems, chain reactions and explosions are presented in detail to illustrate how the fundamental principles of chemical kinetics can be applied to predict reaction rates, chemical reactivity and the outcomes of particular processes. Prerequisites: General Chem 111A and 112A, concurrent enrollment with Chem 401 and/or permission of the instructor.
Course Attributes: FA NSM; AR NSM; AS NSM