An Introduction to Chemical Kinetics
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An Introduction to Chemical Kinetics

Introductory Guide to Basic Chemical Kinetics
3.7 (3 ratings)
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Created by Elliot Kondor
Last updated 8/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 11 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand what chemical kinetic is and why it is important.
  • Learn the basic notation used in chemical kinetics
  • Understand spectrocopy as a means to measure reaction rates.
  • Derive the Beer-Lambert Law.
  • Know the difference between the rate of a reaction and the rate of change of a molecular species.
  • Derive mass-action kinetic rate laws given a reaction scheme.
  • Understand Half-life and learn how to compute the half-life from kinetic data.
  • Use the computer to determine whether a reaction is first or seconrd-order and estimate the reaction's rate constant
  • Understand the principle of collision theory and how it contributes to our understanding of chemical reactions.
  • Learn to apply the Arrhenius equation to problems in chemical kinetics
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Requirements
  • Students need to know about atoms and molecules and be aware that chemical compounds can react to form new products.
  • Students should be able to solve simple algebraic equations.
  • Students need to know what a derivative is dx/dt
Description

This course is an introduction to chemical kinetics. It can serve either as a refresher course for existing students or provide a starting point for new students wishing to learn the basic principles of chemical kinetics. The course is split to into six sections and nineteen lectures. Each lecture has a series of written exercises and online quizes. Answers to all exercies are provided in an answer document at the end of the course. The last section includes comprehensive exam that students can use to access their overall performance. Answers to the exam questions are provided. Online quiz sessions are attached to each lecture and can be used as quick accessment tool for students. 

The course covers a variety of topics and includes two refresher subtopics on measurement units and mathematics. The course includes a number of lectures on spectroscopy with live demonstations of how light absoprtion can be used to measure concentrations and reaction rates. 

Sections 3 to 6 comprise the bulk of work on chemical kinetics incuding topics on progress of a reaction, rates of reaction, mass-action kinetics, half-life, determining rate constants from kinetic data and collision theory including the Arrhenius equation and catalysts. 

The course will be continually improved based on user feedback.

Who is the target audience?
  • This is course is for students who need a refresher on chemical kinetics or for those who are coming to the topic for the first time.
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
03:27:41
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What is Chemical Kinetics?
1 Lecture 04:11

What is Chemical Kinetics?
1 question
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Refresher Lectures
4 Lectures 36:54

An introduction to SI units, derived units and the first in a number of unit conversion exercises.

Preview 11:17

Exercises on unit conversion

Unit Symbols and Conversion Algorithm
11:34

Introducing the mole, concentration and additional unit conversion exercises

Introduction to the Mole and Concentration including more conversion exercises
08:52

Refresher on the math required for this course, including linear equations, logarithms and simple integration.

Math Refresher
05:11

Measurement Units
4 questions
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Introduction to Colorimetry
3 Lectures 43:49

Use of the Beer-Lambert law
16:22

Derivation of the Beer-Lambert Law
14:03

Spectroscopy
5 questions
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Progress of a Reaction
3 Lectures 37:31
Reaction of Crystal Violet with Sodium Hydroxide
09:44

Using Colorimetry to Measure Reaction Rates
14:19

Relationship of Reaction Rate and Rates of Change
13:28

Progress of a Reaction
5 questions
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Reaction and Mass-Action Kinetics
5 Lectures 57:16
Mass-Action Kinetics
13:28

Half-Life
09:45

Calculations Involving Half-LIfe
06:17

Deriving Rate-Laws from Kinetic Data
17:33

Using TIme Course Data To Derive Kinetic Rate Laws
10:13

Mass-Action Kinetics
7 questions
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Collision Theory
3 Lectures 27:58
Introduction To Collision Theory
08:11

Activation Energy and the Effect Of Temperature
05:49

How Catalysts Work
13:58

Collision Theory
4 questions
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Final Examination and Answers to All Exercises
3 Lectures 00:02
Answers to all Exercises
00:00

Comprehensive Examination
00:00

Answers to Comprehensive Examination
00:01
About the Instructor
Elliot Kondor
3.7 Average rating
3 Reviews
75 Students
1 Course
Learn through seeing and doing

I have been teaching science and mathematics for almost 20 years at well known Universities in the US. Originally trained as a Biochemist/Microbiolgist in the UK, I took a Masters in Mathematics and Computer Science and then completed a PhD in simulation and kinetics of biological systems. I am currently a faculty member at a well known US university doing teaching and research. I have written three text books, one of which is on chemical and enzyme kinetics.