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    What topics do you do at university that are new and haven’t been covered at ALevel? I’m trying to find some new areas I might be interested in but I can’t find a specific list. By topic, I mean eg. Computational Chemistry
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    (Original post by perks23)
    What topics do you do at university that are new and haven’t been covered at ALevel? I’m trying to find some new areas I might be interested in but I can’t find a specific list. By topic, I mean eg. Computational Chemistry
    Honestly, there aren't any topics you learn at degree level chemistry that you have covered at A-level. because A-level doesnt have the time or space to cover anything in much depth.

    as an example, some first year topics:

    Thermodynamics (even if you think you've covered this at A-level, you haven't)
    Quantum Mechanics
    Reaction kinetics (ie actually solving the differential equations)

    Structures and thermodynamics of ionic solids
    Introductory Molecular Orbital Theory
    Transtion Metal chemistry (including the effects of the ligand field and exchange energy on electronic configurations of compounds)

    Nucleophilic substitution and elimination
    Unsaturated and aromatic Chemistry (including addition via bromonium (neglected at a level) ozonolysis etc. etc.)
    Conformation and stereochemistry

    Even the topics above that you learn about at a level eg some thermodynamics; transition metals and some of the mechanistic organic chemistry are at a completely different level of depth at university, so basically, anywhere you can find a list of what is covered in a degree, you have the list of what is new

    See here: http://teaching.chem.ox.ac.uk/Data/S...ok2016-.v2.pdf

    page 21 onwards (prelims is first year material; part 1a is second year; part 1b is third year)
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    (Original post by MexicanKeith)
    Honestly, there aren't any topics you learn at degree level chemistry that you have covered at A-level. because A-level doesnt have the time or space to cover anything in much depth.

    as an example, some first year topics:

    Thermodynamics (even if you think you've covered this at A-level, you haven't)
    Quantum Mechanics
    Reaction kinetics (ie actually solving the differential equations)

    Structures and thermodynamics of ionic solids
    Introductory Molecular Orbital Theory
    Transtion Metal chemistry (including the effects of the ligand field and exchange energy on electronic configurations of compounds)

    Nucleophilic substitution and elimination
    Unsaturated and aromatic Chemistry (including addition via bromonium (neglected at a level) ozonolysis etc. etc.)
    Conformation and stereochemistry

    Even the topics above that you learn about at a level eg some thermodynamics; transition metals and some of the mechanistic organic chemistry are at a completely different level of depth at university, so basically, anywhere you can find a list of what is covered in a degree, you have the list of what is new

    See here: http://teaching.chem.ox.ac.uk/Data/S...ok2016-.v2.pdf

    page 21 onwards (prelims is first year material; part 1a is second year; part 1b is third year)
    Thanks you!!
 
 
 
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