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.
An introduction to SI units, derived units and the first in a number of unit conversion exercises.
Exercises on unit conversion
Introducing the mole, concentration and additional unit conversion exercises
Refresher on the math required for this course, including linear equations, logarithms and simple integration.
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.