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This course builds on an elementary knowledge of chemistry (equivalent to two years of high school chemistry, such as Year 12 chemistry, or CHEM1001 at UNSW) to explore the quantum mechanical structure of atoms leading to an understanding of the periodic trends in the properties of the elements. This knowledge is applied to understanding chemical bonding and intermolecular forces which together are responsible for determining the properties of materials. General principles of chemical equilibrium are developed and applied to chemical reactions involving acids and bases. The applications of the laws of Thermodynamics to chemical processes are described and ultimately linked to chemical equilibrium. The course concludes with an overview of chemical reactions involving electron transfer, including their applications in biology, corrosion and energy storage for portable electronic devices.

Students enrolled in CHEM1051 will attend the same lectures as CHEM1031, but will have unique tutorial and laboratory groups.

This course covers the same material as CHEM1011, but has additional workshops that illuminate the role of chemistry in broader society, as well as the attributes of a professional chemistry researcher.


  1. Assumed knowledge equivalent to year 12 chemistry or CHEM1001.
  2. Students may not enrol in CHEM1001 after completion of CHEM1051. However, students may complete CHEM1001 and proceed to enrol in CHEM1051.
  3. Enrolment in this course is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (3992) or Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) (3999) or Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (4755).
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Offering Terms

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Conditions for Enrolment

Prerequisite: Enrolment in the Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (3999 or 3992) or Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry/Law program

Course Outline

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