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Fall 2013
Oct 07,2022
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Physical Chemistry is the branch of chemistry that is concerned with the physical and mathematical foundations that underlie all chemical systems and processes. Physical chemistry attempts to explain the laws of nature in a quantitative manner. Mathematical equations are derived from observations of natural processes in order to describe how and why these processes occur. The field of Physical Chemistry can be subdivided into five branches: thermodynamics, kinetics, quantum chemistry, spectroscopy, and statistical mechanics. This semester, we will restrict our study to the study of thermodynamics and kinetics. Thermodynamics is concerned with the macroscopic world and was developed before knowledge of the existence of the atom. Typically, thermodynamic quantities such as heat, enthalpy, entropy, and the Gibbs energy are measured from large numbers of molecules in different states and under different environmental conditions. Anslyses of thermodynamic quanitites allow chemists to determine if physical processes are spontaneous and the direction of chemical reactions. Kinetics is concerned with the measurement of reaction rates. Information about the speed with which reactants transform into products in a chemical raction can lead to the elucidation of the detailed reaction mechanism. This course is designed to provide you with a foundation on selected topics of physical chemistry so that you will be thoroughly prepared to take the standardized American Chemical Society (ACS) examination. ACS exams are often used as entrance examinatins in graduate programs in chemistry in the United States. If you are interested in pursuing an industrial/institutional career in chemistry with a B.S. degree, this course will prepare you to tackle practical and theoretical problems in chemistry by developing your quanititative and critical thinking skills.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Chemistry Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     

FOR CHEM 340/350

General Requirements:
Course or Test: CHEM 323
Minimum Grade of D
May not be taken concurrently.
Course or Test: MATH 122
Minimum Grade of D
May not be taken concurrently.
Course or Test: PHYS 115
Minimum Grade of D
May not be taken concurrently.

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