Course unit code:
Course unit title:
Physical Chemistry II
Mode of completion and Number of ECTS credits:
Exm (4 credits)
Course supervisor:
prof. Ing. Anton Gatial, DrSc.
Learning outcomes of the course unit:
The student masters the basics of electrochemistry. He/she can characterize the electrolyte solutions and describe the proceeding processes and equilibria. He/she understands the operation of electrochemical cells, and the basic types of electrodes, used in the laboratory and technical applications. The student comprehends the basics of chemical kinetics, can formulate rate equations, and describe the kinetics of common reactions types. He/she can solve the simple reaction mechanisms. He/she uncovers the principles of catalysis including enzymatic catalysis. He/she will also achieve basic knowledge on additional areas in physical chemistry: colloid chemistry and physical chemistry of surfaces.
Prerequisites for registration:
Course contents:

Electrochemistry: conductivity of the electrolyte solutions, thermodynamic properties of ions in solution, equilibrium electrochemistry, electrochemical cells, polarization of electrodes
Chemical kinetics: rate of chemical reaction, kinetics of elementary and complex reactions, factors influencing the rate of chemical reactions, catalysis
Colloid chemistry: colloidal state, types of colloidal systems, surface energy and wetting, capillarity, adsorption and adsorption isotherms

Recommended or required reading:
  • ATKINS, P. Fyzikálna chémia. Bratislava: STU Bratislava , 1999. 1014 s. ISBN 80-227-1238-8.
  • ATKINS, P W. Fyzikálna chémia: (Časť 1). Prelož. z angl.orig. 6.vydania. Bratislava : STU v Bratislave, 1999. 355 s. ISBN 80-227-1238-8.
  • ATKINS, P W. Fyzikálna chémia: (Časť 2a) Zangl.orig.6.vyd. Bratislava : STU v Bratislave, 1999. 204 s. ISBN 80-227-1238-8.
  • ATKINS, P W. Fyzikálna chémia: (Časť 2b). Z angl. orig. Bratislava : STU v Bratislave, 1999. 321 s. ISBN 80-227-1238-8.
  • ATKINS, P W. Fyzikálna chémia: (Časť 3) Z angl.orig. 6.vyd. Bratislava : STU v Bratislave, 1999. 308 s. ISBN 80-227-1238-8.
  • ATKINS, P W. Student's solutions manual for Physical Chemistry. Bratislava : STU v Bratislave FCHPT, 2002. 429 s. ISBN 80-227-1724-X.
  • BISKUPIČ, S. Fyzikálna chémia II. Bratislava : STU v Bratislave, 1998. 334 s. ISBN 80-227-1033-4.
  • BISKUPIČ, S. – KOVAŘÍK, P. Príklady a úlohy z fyzikálnej chémie II. Bratislava: Stu v Bratislave, 1998. 334 s. ISBN 80-227-0852-6.
  • ATKINS, P W. Physical Chemistry + CD-Rom. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1998. 1014 s. ISBN 0-19269068-X.
  • LISÝ, M. – VALKO, L. Príklady a úlohy z fyzikálnej chémie. Bratislava : Alfa, 1979. 813 s.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods:
Physical Chemistry II is divided into lectures and seminars. The lectures are focused on the explanation of the fundamentals and basic principles and the seminars, directly related to the lectures, are oriented on the problem solving and exercises. Contact teaching: lectures 26 h seminars 26 h written test and exam with integrated exercises 4 h Contactless teaching: preparation for lectures and seminars (study of literature, calculations) 10 h elaboration of tasks for independent work 12 h preparation for the exam 30 h
Assesment methods and criteria:
Physical Chemistry II course culminates in an exam. The grading scheme follows the Study Regulations of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. The exam is written and consists of two parts, a test and a theoretical part with integrated numerical problems. To pass the exam, the student must achieve at least 56% score on each part of the exam, i.e. the test (max. 20 points), the theoretical part (max. 60 points) and integrated numerical problems (max. 20 points). If the student has met the requirements within the continuous assessment and at the same time obtained at least 75% score in the written assignments during the semester, he/she does not solve integrated numerical problems and an aliquot of the points obtained in the continuous assessment during semester (max. 20) is added to complete the overall exam score.
Language of instruction:
Slovak, English
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