*Introduction to Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics
Introduction to the physical principles underlying chemical science. Topics include thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and quantum mechanics. Cross-listed as PHYS 401. Prerequisites: CHEM 112, MATH 201, PHYS 111 or PHYS 211, PHYS 112 or PHYS 212 (may be a corequisite).
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
CHEM 112, MATH 201, PHYS 111 or PHYS 211, PHYS 112 or PHYS 212 (may be a corequisite).
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
By D. Ball (Cengage) Recommended
By Atkins and de Paula (W.H. Freeman) Recommended
By I. Levine (McGraw-Hill) Recommended
By Silbey, Alberty and Reid (Prentice Hall) Recommended
By Engel and Reid (Prentice) Recommended
To distinguish between microscopic and macroscopic descriptions of matter, using the kinetic theory of gases.
To describe the principles of thermodynamics and apply them to pure substances, mixtures and chemical reactions.
To explain the time dependence of chemical reactions and infer reaction mechanisms from kinetic data.
To state the principles of quantum mechanics and use them to explain properties of atoms and molecules.
Calculate energy levels and degeneracies for simple model systems.
State the statistical definition of entropy.
Use the Boltzmann Distribution to calculate relative probabilities of molecular states and energy levels.
Describe statistical properties of gases.
Define thermodynamic state functions.
Use heat-capacity data to calculate enthalpy, entropy and free energy as a function of temperature.
Define thermodynamic potentials.
Use Maxwell Relations and other thermodynamic relations to calculate hard-to-measure properties in terms of more easily accessible ones.
State the three laws of thermodynamics and explain the use of each in chemistry.
Calculate phase equilibria in pure substances and mixtures.
Calculate equilibrium constants from tabulated data.
Determine the dependence of equilibrium constants on temperature and pressure.
Determine rate laws of reactions from experimental data.
Calculate rate constants and their dependence on temperature.
Explain the form of rate laws in gas-phase reactions in terms of collision theory.
Apply the steady-state approximation to predict rate laws of complex reactions.
State the postulates of quantum mechanics.
Write down the classical Hamiltonian and the Hamiltonian operator for simple mechanical systems.
Demonstrate the validity of wave functions by substituting into the Schrodinger equation.
Use particle-in-a-box, rigid-rotor, and harmonic-oscillator models to calculate molecular heat capacities and spectra.
Properties of gases
The laws of thermodynamics
Changes of state
Physical transformation of pure materials and simple mixtures
The phase rule
Equilibrium electrochemistry; ions and electrodes
Introduction to quantum chemistry: principles, techniques, and applications
Atomic and molecular spectroscopy
Introduction to the hydrogen atom--Born-Oppenheimer approximation, etc.
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.