Fields of Advanced Difficulty
Theoretical
Kinetics: Integrated first- and second-order rate equation; analysis of moderately
complex reactions mechanisms using the steady state approximation, the use of the
Arrhenius equation.
Thermodynamics: Electrochemical cells, the relationship between equilibrium
constants, electromotive force and standard Gibbs energy, the variation of the
equilibrium constant with temperature.
Quantum mechanics: Particle-in-a-box calculations.
Spectroscopy: Interpretation of IR spectra and relatively simple
1H, 13C, and 27Al NMR spectra: chemical shifts, multiplicities, coupling constants and integrals.
Advanced Inorganic: Trans effect; the use of simple crystal field theory to explain
electronic configurations in octahedral and tetrahedral complexes; calculation of
the magnetic moment using the spin-only formula.
Practical
Laboratory techniques:
Thin layer chromatography,
Extraction,
UV – Vis spectroscopy.