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CHEM 5383-001 Fall 2014

Physical Chemistry I

MWF 11:00AM – 11:50, FOSC 155

Instructor: W. Horsthemke, FOSC 313

Last updated December 3, 2014

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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, Tuesdays before a test 10:30 – 11:30 AM & 2:00 – 3:00 PM, and by appointment.

P. Atkins and J. de Paula: Physical Chemistry, 9th ed., and the Student Solutions Manual (W. H. Freeman and Company, New York, 2010) are required.

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, Dec. 9 and Wednesday, Dec. 10: 10:30 – 11:30 AM & 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Handouts and Lecture Notes

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

First Day: First-Day Handout (Syllabus):   pchem1hndout2014.pdf

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

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

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

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

Set 4: Phase Equilibria in Pure Substances (Chap. 4: 4.1(b), 4.1(c), 4.2(a), 4.3, 4.4(a), 4.4(b), 4.5, 4.6)   PC1Set4.pdf

Set 5: General Theory of Systems with Variable Composition (Chap. 5: 5.1 – 5.4, 5.10, 5.11, 5.13, 5.5)   PC1Set5.pdf

Set 6. Phase Diagrams (Chap. 4: 4.1(a), 4.2(b); Chap5: 5.6, 5.7, 5.8)   PC1Set6.pdf

Set 7. Chemical Equilibrium (Chap. 6: 6.1 – 6.4)   PC1Set7.pdf

Set 8. Chemical Kinetics (Chap. 21: 21.1 – 21.7, Chap 23: 23.2(a), 23.2(b))   PC1Set8.pdf

Set 9. Equilibrium Electrochemistry (Chap. 6: 6.5 – 6.9)   PC1Set9.pdf


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

Set 1: Exercises: 1.1(a), 1.2(a), 1.4(a), 1.5(a), 1.6(a), 1.7(a), 1.8(a), 1.10(a), 1.11(a), 1.13(a), 1.15(a), 1.16(a), 1.17(a), 1.18(a), 1.19(a), 1.20(a), 1.21(a), 1.22(a).

Problems: 1.7, 1.9 (a) and (b), 1.11, 1.13, 1.15, 1.17, 1.21, 1.27.

Set 2: Exercises: 2.2(a), 2.3(a), 2.4(a), 2.5(a), 2.6(a), 2.7(a), 2.8(a) [n=1.00 mol], 2.9(a), 2.10(a), 2.11(a), 2.12(a), 2.13(a), 2.14(a), 2.15(a), 2.16(a), 2.17(a), 2.18(a), 2.20(a), 2.23(a), 2.24(a), 2.26(a), 2.28(a), 2.30(a), 2.31(a)[Assume that the process is reversible to calculate q and w], 2.32(a), 2.33(a).

Problems: 2.1, 2.3, 2.5 [initial state (298 K, 1.00 atm)], 2.19, 2.21, 2.23, 2.31.

Set 3: Exercises: 3.1(a), 3.2(a), 3.3(a), 3.4(a), 3.6(a), 3.7(a), 3.8(a), 3.9(a), 3.10(a), 3.11(a), 3.12(a), 3.13(a), 3.14(a), 3.15(a), 3.16(a), 3.17(a), 3.18(a), 3.19(a), 3.20(a), 3.21(a), 3.22(a).

Problems: 3.1, 3.5, 3.7, 3.19, 3.23(a), 3.25, 3.27, 3.31.

Set 4: Exercises: 4.2(a), 4.3(a), 4.5(a), 4.6(a), 4.8(a), 4.9(a), 4.10(a), 4.11(a), 4.12(a), 4.15(a) [misprint in part (c): "enthalpy of vaporization" should read "entropy of vaporization"], 4.16(a), 4.17(a).

Problems: 4.1, 4.3, 4.5, 4.17, 4.19.

Set 5: Exercises: 5.1(a), 5.2(a), 5.3(a) 5.4(a), 5.5(a), 5.6(a), 5.7(a), 5.8(a), 5.9(a), 5.10(a), 5.11(a), 5.12(a), 5.13(a), 5.15(a), 5.16(a), 5.17(a), 5.18(a), 5.19(a), 5.20(a).

Problems: 5.7, 5.11, 5.15.

Set 6: Exercises: 4.1(a), 4.4(a), 5.22(a), 5.23(a), 5.24(a), 5.25(a), 5.28(a).

Set 7: Exercises: 6.1(a), 6.3(a), 6.4(a), 6.5(a), 6.6(a), 6.7(a), 6.8(a), 6.9(a), 6.10(a), 6.12(a), 6.13(a), 6.14(a), 6.15(a), 6.16(a), 6.17(a), 6.18(a).

Problems: 6.3, 6.5, 6.31.

Set 8: Exercises: 21.1(a), 21.2(a), 21.3(a), 21.4(a), 21.5(a), 21.6(a), 21.7(a), 21.8(a), 21.9(a), 21.12(a), 21.14(a), 21.15(a), 21.16(a); 23.1(a), 23.2(a) 23.3(a).

Problems: 21.5, 21.23; 23.19.

Set 9: Exercises: 6.20(a), 6.21(a), 6.22(a), 6.23(a), 6.24(a).

Problems: 6.16.

Formulae Sheets for Tests

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

Test1 2014

Test2 2014

Test3 2014

Final 2014

Web Sites, Literature, Etc.

Web site for Atkins and de Paula: Physical Chemistry, 9th ed., with Living Graphs and links to Physical Chemistry on the Web.

Brief biography of James Prescott Joule.

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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