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CHE3161 - Chemistry and chemical thermodynamics

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Engineering

Leader(s): R Jagadeeshan


Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2009 (Day)


This unit covers thermodynamics from a chemical engineering viewpoint. Content will cover basic concepts and the use of: thermodynamic functions such as free energy, enthalpy, and entropy; estimation of properties of pure compounds and mixtures; description of solution thermodynamics and its applications, equilibrium phase diagrams and chemical reaction equilibria.


On successful completion of this course students should:

  1. be able to apply mass, energy and entropy balances to flow processes
  2. be able to calculate the properties of ideal and real mixtures based on thermodynamic principles
  3. be able to determine changes in the properties of gases, fluids and solids undergoing changes in temperature and volume
  4. be able to explain the underlying principles of phase equilibrium in binary and multi-component systems
  5. understand the concepts involved in describing the extent to which chemical reactions proceed, and the determination of composition attained at equilibrium.


Individual tests: 15%
Laboratory: 15%
Examination (3 hours): 70%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component. Students faiing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 44% in the unit.

Contact hours

3 hours lectures, 1 hour tutorial classes, 2 hours laboratory classes and 6 hours of private study per week





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