Basic Physical Chemistry




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Course Contents

  • Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics: Equilibrium, State Functions, Temperature, Equations of State.

  • First Law of Thermodynamics: Work, Heat, Internal Energy, Heat Capacity, Concept of Enthalpy.

  • Second Law of Thermodynamics: Reversible and Irreversible Process, Heat Engines, Carnot Cycle, Different statements of the Second Law, Spontaneous Change, Entropy.

  • Third Law of Thermodynamics: Concept of the absolute zero temperature.

  • Free Energy and Standard States: Free energies and Thermodynamic potentials, Legendre Transforms, Equilibrium and Non Equilibrium, Chemical Potentials, Free Energy, Standard States, Reaction Thermodynamics, Equilibrium Constant.

  • Equilibrium Thermodynamics: Chemical Potential of Mixtures, Phase Equilibrium, Phase Rule, Clapeyron Equation, Phase Diagram.

  • Real Gases: Equations of State, Phase Transitions.

  • Solutions: Molarity, Partial Molar Quantities, Mixing, Ideal Solutions, Non Ideal Solutions, Electrolytes, Ionic activity and the Debye Hueckel Theory, the Nernst Equation, Colligative properties, Multi component phase diagrams.

  • Kinetic Theory of Gases and Transport Processes.

  • Reaction Kinetics: Reaction Rates, Rate Laws, Reaction Mechanisms, Applications




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  • P. W. Atkins and Julio de Paula, Physical Chemistry

  • I. N. Levine, Physical Chemistry

  • R. J. Silbey, R. A. Alberty, and M. G. Bawendi, Physical Chemistry




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