What kind of physics is learnt during a chemistry degree? I do OCR physics as level currently and I have very little interest in things like mechanics but find things like the photoelectric effect interesting. Im wondering about whether any physics I learn in A2 will be beneficial for a chemistry degree. Thanks.
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- Thread Starter
- 09-05-2015 22:38
- 15-05-2015 07:20
During my chemistry degree we covered a lot of quantum mechanical concepts and even used some basic mechanics in some calculations for molecular motion, also thermodynamics is a big topic in physical chemistry so boyles/Charles/gay-lusaac laws.
I found it was the understanding of the concepts from a levels that helped in chemistry not necessarily the content itself because it's applied in a different context. So if you are understanding the topics and equations in A2 physics well I would imagine you'll be alright when it comes to physical chemistry in a degree though they will teach you the more complex physics anyway.
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- 15-05-2015 22:43
Mechanics will probably come up at degree level in the study of gas behaviour. Apart from that, I'd agree with DandyC's general point that at this stage you should be looking to develop your general scientific literacy. Very little degree-level material will come up at A level because it's too hard but the themes of being given an equation or some data and using them and other things you know to derive results will crop up time and time again.