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CHEM 5383-001 Fall 2015

Physical Chemistry I

MWF 11:00AM – 11:50, FOSC 155

Instructor: W. Horsthemke, FOSC 313

Last updated December 2, 2015

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"A theory is the more impressive the greater the simplicity of its premises is, the more different kinds of things it relates, and the more extended is its area of applicability. Therefore the deep impression which classical thermodynamics made upon me. It is the only physical theory of universal content concerning which I am convinced that, within the framework of the applicability of its basic concepts, it will never be overthrown."

Albert Einstein, Autobiographical Notes

CHEM 5383-001 Class Info

Office Hours
Wednesday & Friday 2:00 – 3:00 PM, and by appointment.

Required textbook: (a) Students who will take two semesters of Physical Chemistry [CHEM 5383 and CHEM 5384] should purchase: P. Atkins and J. de Paula: Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics, Structure, and Change, 10th ed., (W. H. Freeman and Company, New York, 2014), ISBN: 9781429290197, and the Student Solutions Manual.
(b) Students who will take only the first semester Physical Chemistry [CHEM 5383] may purchase instead: P. Atkins and J. de Paula: Physical Chemistry, Volume 1, Thermodynamics and Kinetics, 10th ed., (W. H. Freeman and Company, New York, 2014), ISBN: 9781464124518, and the Student Solutions Manual.

You need a simple "scientific" calculator for this class. Smart phones, iPods, iPads, laptops or other portable computing devices are not permitted during exams. If the screen of your device is larger than 6 square inches or if the device has a (mini-) typewriter keyboard, the calculator will not be allowed.

For complete information about this class, please consult the First-Day Handout in the Handouts section below.


Office Hours during Finals Week: Tuesday, December 8 and Wednesday, December 9, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM & 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Final: Thursday, December 10, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM; covers Sets 7, 8, and 9.

Handouts and Lecture Notes

Handouts and Lecture Notes are available in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF).

First Day: First-Day Handout (Syllabus):   pchem1hndout2015.pdf

Lecture Notes (The notes do not include problems worked in class.):

Set 1: Introduction and The Properties of Gases (Chap. 1: 1A, 1C)   PC1Set1.pdf

Set 2: The First Law (Chap. 2: 2A – 2E)   PC1Set2.pdf

Set 3: The Second Law (Chap. 3: 3A – 3D)   PC1Set3.pdf

Set 4: Phase Equilibria in Pure Substances (Chap. 4: 4A.1, 4A.2(a), 4A.3, 4B.1(a,b), 4B.2)   PC1Set4.pdf

Set 5: General Theory of Systems with Variable Composition (Chap. 5: 5A, 5B.1, 5E.1,2, 5F.1, 5B.2)   PC1Set5.pdf

Set 6. Phase Diagrams (Chap. 4: 4A.1(a), 4A.2(b); Chap5: 5C.1 – 5C.3)   PC1Set6.pdf

Set 7. Chemical Equilibrium (Chap. 6: 6A, 6B)   PC1Set7.pdf

Set 8. Chemical Kinetics (Chap. 20: 20A – 20E, 20H)   PC1Set8.pdf

Set 9. Equilibrium Electrochemistry (Chap. 6: 6C, 6D)   PC1Set9.pdf


You are expected to work all of the exercises and problems listed below.

Set 1: Exercises: 1A.1(a), 1A.2(a), 1A.4(a), 1A.5(a), 1A.6(a), 1A.7(a), 1A.8(a), 1A.10(a), 1A.11(a), 1A.13(a), 1C.1(a), 1C.3(a), 1C.4(a), 1C.5(a), 1C.6(a), 1C.7(a), 1C.8(a), 1C.9(a).

Problems: 1A.5, 1A.9, 1C.1, 1C.3 (a) and (b), 1C.5, 1C.7, 1C.9, 1C.11, 1C.15.

Set 2: Exercises: 2A.2(a), 2A.3(a), 2A.4(a), 2A.5(a), 2A.6(a), 2B.1(a), 2B.2(a), 2B.3(a), 2C.2(a), 2C.4(a), 2C.5(a), 2C.6(a), 2C.7(a), 2C.8(a), 2D.1(a), 2D.2(a) [Assume that the process is reversible], 2D.3(a), 2D.4(a), 2D.5(a), 2E.2(a), 2E.3(a), 2E.4(a), 2E.5(a).

Problems: 2A.1, 2A.3, 2B.3, 2C.1, 2C.5, 2D.7, 2E.1.

Set 3: Exercises: 3A.1(a), 3A.2(a), 3A.3(a), 3A.5(a), 3A.6(a), 3A.7(a), 3A.8(a), 3A.9(a), 3A.10(a), 3A.11(a), 3A.12(a) [misprint in the textbook: constant-pressure molar heat capacity of ice is 38.07 J/K mol], 3B.2(a), 3C.1(a), 3C.2(a), 3C.3(a), 3C.4(a), 3C.5(a), 3D.1(a), 3D.2(a), 3D.3(a), 3D.4(a).

Problems: 3A.1, 3A.6, 3A.7, 3A.9, 3B.1, 3B.3, 3D.5, 3D.7.

Set 4: Exercises: 4A.1(a), 4A.2(a), 4B.1(a), 4B.2(a), 4B.3(a), 4B.5(a), 4B.6(a), 4B.7(a), 4B.8(a), 4B.9(a), 4B.12(a) [misprint in part (iii): "enthalpy of vaporization" should read "entropy of vaporization"], 4B.13(a), 4B.14(a).

Problems: 4B.1, 4B.3, 4B.5, 4B.17.

Set 5: Exercises: 5A.1(a) [Misprint: the last term in the equation should be a cubic], 5A.2(a), 5A.4(a), 5A.5(a), 5A.6(a), 5A.7(a), 5A.8(a), 5A.9(a), 5A.10(a), 5A.11(a), 5A.12(a), 5B.1(a) [Misprint; the last sentence should read: For data, see Exercise 5A.9(a)], 5B.2(a), 5B.3(a), 5B.4(a), 5B.5(a), 5B.6(a), 5B.7(a), 5B.9(a), 5E.1(a), 5E.2(a), 5E.3(a), 5F1(a), 5F.2(a), 5F.3(a), 5F.4(a).

Problems: 5E.3 [Misprints: (i) The V in the first equation should be the molar volume of pure A (solvent), (ii) Delete the V on the left hand side of the second equation], IA5.7 [Only the first equation].

Set 6: Exercises: 4A.3(a), 5B.10(a), 5B.11(a), 5B.12(a), 5B.13(a), 5C.3(a).

Problems: 5B.6, 5B.7, 5B.8.

Set 7: Exercises: 6A.1(a), 6A.3(a), 6A.4(a), 6A.5(a), 6A.6(a), 6A.7(a), 6A.8(a), 6A.9(a), 6A.10(a), 6A.11(a), 6B.1(a), 6B.2(a), 6B.3(a), 6B.4(a), 6B.5(a), 6B.6(a), 6B.7(a).

Problems: 6A.1, 6A.3, 6B.1, 6B.5.

Set 8: Exercises: 20A.1(a), 20A.2(a), 20A.3(a), 20A.4(a), 20A.5(a), 20A.6(a), 20B.1(a), 20B.2(a), 20B.4(a), 20D.1(a), 20D.2(a), 20E.1(a), 20E.2(a); 20H.1(a), 20H.2(a).

Problems: 20A.1, 20B.3, 20B.5, 20B.7, 20B.9, 20B.10, 20D.3, 20E.5, 20H.1, 20H.3.

Set 9: Exercises: 6C.1(a), 6C.2(a), 6C.3(a), 6D.1(a), 6D.2(a).

Problems: 6C.1, IA6.3.

Formulae Sheets for Tests

Formulae sheets will be updated about one week before each test.

Test1 2015

Test2 2015

Test3 2015

Final 2015

Web Sites, Literature, Etc.

Web site for Atkins and de Paula: Physical Chemistry, 10th ed., with Living Graphs and links to Physical Chemistry on the Web.

Brief biography of James Prescott Joule; Joule and the Mechanical Equivalent of Heat.

Brief biography of Sadi Carnot.

Fundamental Physical Constants and International System of Units   National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

IUPAC Compendium of Chemical Terminology ("Gold Book")

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