Chemical Kinetics (CHEM 202)

2023 Spring
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Bekir Dızman,
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Formal lecture,Field work/field study/on-the-job,Laboratory
Interactive,Learner centered,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Task based learning,Case Study
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Molecular motion in gases, motion in liquids, diffusion, empirical chemical kinetics, the rate laws, chain reaction kinetics, polymerization kinetics, catalysis, reactive encounters, activated complex theory, dynamics of molecular colision, the growth and structure of solid surfaces, adsorption, catalytic activitiy at surfaces, processes at electrodes, electrochemical processes, power production and corrosion.Laboratory experiments related to the topics in the course.


  • Outcome-1: Students will learn about elementary reactions, methods to obtain reaction rates, and factors affecting reaction rates. They will be able to describe empirical kinetics and simple collision theory, identify the order of a simple reaction, and understand the differences between overall and elementary reactions.
  • Outcome-2: Students will learn about rate laws, rate constants, and the mathematical framework for understanding chemical reaction rates. They will be able to identify the steady state and rate determining step approximations, adopt a systematic approach for identification of the order of a simple reaction, calculate the individual and overall orders, rate constants and activation energies of Arrhenius reactions, use the main features of collision theory to calculate the reaction kinetic parameters for simple systems, and develop an ability to describe and undertake appropriate experiments to determine the rate laws and activation energies of simple reactions.
  • Outcome-3: Students will learn about the steady-state approximation, rate determining step, and complex reactions. They will be able to apply the steady state and rate determining step approximations to more complicated systems and describe the kinetic principles underlying complex reactions (e.g. polymerizations and photochemical reactions).
  • Outcome-4: Students will learn about various methods for determining the rate law for a reaction from data recorded during experimental measurements of the reaction rate and how data on the temperature dependence of the rate constant can provide information on activation barriers along the reaction pathway.
  • Outcome-5: Students will work on experimental methods to follow reactant and product concentrations over a broad range of timescales. They will be able to demonstrate proficiency in assembling basic laboratory glassware, perform fundamental laboratory techniques, make and record relevant experimental observations, interpret the results, work with other students in small groups to complete clearly defined tasks, and adopt a systematic approach to problem solving.


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 2

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 2

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 2

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 3

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 4

1. Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 4

2. Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 3

3. Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 4

4. Have the ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 3

5. Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 3

6. Possess knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 2

7. Possess knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; knowledge of behavior according to ethical principles, understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 1

8. Have the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, prepare design and production reports, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear and intelligible instructions. 3

1. Comprehend key concepts in biology and physiology, with emphasis on molecular genetics, biochemistry and molecular and cell biology as well as advanced mathematics and statistics. 3

2. Develop conceptual background for interfacing of biology with engineering for a professional awareness of contemporary biological research questions and the experimental and theoretical methods used to address them. 4

1. Use mathematics (including derivative and integral calculations, probability and statistics, differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables and discrete mathematics), basic sciences, computer and programming, and electronics engineering knowledge to (a) Design and analyze complex electronic circuits, instruments, software and electronics systems with hardware/software or (b) Design and analyze communication networks and systems, signal processing algorithms or software 3

1. Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 4

2. Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 4

3. Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 3

1. Formulate and analyze problems in complex manufacturing and service systems by comprehending and applying the basic tools of industrial engineering such as modeling and optimization, stochastics, statistics. 3

2. Design and develop appropriate analytical solution strategies for problems in integrated production and service systems involving human capital, materials, information, equipment, and energy. 2

3. Implement solution strategies on a computer platform for decision-support purposes by employing effective computational and experimental tools. 3


  Percentage (%)
Final 25
Midterm 40
Assignment 20
Written Report 15



An Introduction to Chemical Kinetics