About the Course
This introductory physical chemistry course examines the connections between molecular properties and the behaviour of macroscopic chemical systems.
Module 1: This module includes philosophical observations on why it’s valuable to have a broadly disseminated appreciation of thermodynamics, as well as some drive-by examples of thermodynamics in action, with the intent being to illustrate up front the practical utility of the science, and to provide students with an idea of precisely what they will indeed be able to do themselves upon completion of the course materials (e.g., predictions of pressure changes, temperature changes, and directions of spontaneous reactions).
Module 2: This module begins our acquaintance with gases, and especially the concept of an “equation of state,” which expresses a mathematical relationship between the pressure, volume, temperature, and number of particles for a given gas.
Module 3: This module delves into the concepts of ensembles and the statistical probabilities associated with the occupation of energy levels.
Module 4: This module connects specific molecular properties to associated molecular partition functions.
Module 5: This module is the most extensive in the course, so you may want to set aside a little extra time this week to address all of the material.
Module 6: This module introduces a new state function, entropy, that is in many respects more conceptually challenging than energy.
Module 7: This module is relatively light, so if you’ve fallen a bit behind, you will possibly have the opportunity to catch up again.
Module 8: This last module rounds out the course with the introduction of new state functions, namely, the Helmholtz and Gibbs free energies.
About the University
The University of Minnesota is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research.
Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centres, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.
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