Course Syllabus for English-Taught Majors

Physical Chemistry ICourse Syllabus

Course Code09041043

Course CategoryMajor Basic

Major: Engling Training Class (Chemistry)


Total Hours90     Credit4

InstructorsYong Wang

Textbooks Peter Atkins, Julio de Paula,Physical Chemistry(Eighth Edition), Oxford University Press,2006




Physical chemistry is a demanding but richly rewarding subject. It underlies all chemistry, and is becoming increasingly important as the investigative and computational aspects of chemistry become more sophisticated. This course will give you an introduction to the wide range of topics that constitute physical chemistry. This course focused on three parts of equilibrium, structure and change. It begins with the introduction of gases, thermodynamics, phase diagram, chemical equilibrium and electrochemistry. The second part includes the historical development of quantum theory, molecular structure and symmetry, spectroscopy and statistical thermodynamics. In the last part, the kinetics, processes at solid surface and dynamics of electron transfer will be presented. This course will provide a fundamental grounding in thermodynamics, kinetics, quantum theory, spectroscopy, electrochemistry, surface chemistry and that can be applied to any field of chemistry.




Part 1 Equilibrium

1 The properties of gases

The perfect gas

1.1 The states of gases

1.2 The gas laws

Real gases

1.3 Molecular interactions

1.4 The van der Waals equation

1.5 The principle of corresponding states

2 The First Law: the concepts

The basic concepts

2.1 Work, heat, and energy

2.2 The First Law

Work and heat

2.3 Expansion work

2.4 Heat transactions

2.5 Enthalpy

2.6 Adiabatic changes


2.7 Standard enthalpy changes

2.8 Standard enthalpies offormation

2.9 The temperature dependence of reaction enthalpies

3 The First Law: the machinery

State functions and exact differentials

3.1 State and path functions

3.2 Exact and inexact differentials

Thermodynamic consequences

3.3 Changes in internal energy

3.4 The temperature dependence of the enthalpy

3.5 The relation between Cv and Cp

4 The Second Law: the concepts

The direction of spontaneous change

4.1 The dispersal of energy

4.2 Entropy

4.3 Entropy changes accompanying specific processes

4.4 The Third Law of thermodynamics

Concentrating on the system

4.5 The Helmholtz and Gibbs energies

4.6 Standard molar Gibbs energies

5 The Second Law: the machinery

Combining the First and Second Laws

5.1 The fundamental equation

5.2 Properties of the internal energy

Properties of the Gibbs energy

5.3 General considerations

5.4 The variation of the Gibbs energy with temperature

5.5 The variation of the Gibbs energy with pressure

6 Physical transformations of pure substances

Phase diagrams

6.1 The stabilities of phases

6.2 Phase boundaries

6.3 Three typical phase diagrams

Phase stability and phase transitions

6.4 The thermodynamic criterion of equilibrium

6.5 The dependence of stability on the conditions

6.6 The location of phase boundaries

6.7 The Ehrenfest classification of phase transitions

The physical liquid surface

6.8 Surface tension

6.9 Curved surfaces

6.10 Capillary action

7 Simple mixtures

The thermodynamic description  of mixtures

7.1 Partial molar quantities

7.2 The thermodynamics of mixing

7.3 The chemical potentials ofliquids

The properties of solutions

7.4 Liquid mixtures

7.5 Colligative properties


7.6 The solvent activity

7.7 The solute activity

7.8 The activities of regular solutions

8 Phase diagrams

Phase, components, and degrees freedom

8.1 Definitions

8.2 The phase rule

Two-component systems

8.3 Vapour pressure diagrams

8.4 Temperature-composition diagrams

8.5 Liquid-liquid phase diagrams

8.6 Liquid-solid phase diagrams

9 Chemical equilibrium

Spontaneous chemical reactions

9.1 The Gibbs energy minimum

9.2 The description of equilibrium

The response of equilibria to the conditions

9.3 How equilibria respond to pressure

9.4 The response of equilibria to temperature

9.5 The response of equilibria to pH

Part 3 Change

24 Molecules in motion

Molecular motion in gases

24.1 The kinetic model of gases

24.2 Collisions with walls and surfaces

24.3 The rate of effusion

24.4 Transport properties of a perfect gas

Molecular motion in liquids

24.5 Experimental results

24.6 The conductivities of electrolyte solutions

24.7 The mobilities of ions

24.8 Conductivities and ion-ion interactions


24.9 The thermodynamic view

24.10 The diffusion equation

24.11Diffusion probabilities

24.1 2 The statistical view







The properties of gases



The First Law: the concepts



The First Law: the machinery



The Second Law: the concepts



The Second Law: the machinery



Physical transformations of pure substances



Simple mixtures



Phase diagrams



Chemical equilibrium



Molecules in motion










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