TERM:2021-22 Winter
COURSE TITLE: Energetics and Chemical Reactions
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Cassidy VanderSchee
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course focuses on developing an understanding of the energetics and rates of reactions. Key topics include macroscopic thermodynamics, statistical thermodynamics, and kinetics.

Prerequisites: CHEM 201, MATH 205; PHYS 241, 243 are recommended
REQUIRED MATERIALS: Engel, T. and Reid, P. Physical Chemistry, 3rd Edition, Pearson, San Francisco 2013.
Engel, T. and Reid, P. Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics, Statistical Thermodynamics, and Kinetics, 4 th Edition, Pearson, San Francisco 2013.
Final Exam20%
Participation, group work, 3-2-1 Check-Ins5%
LEARNING OUTCOMES:A. Depth and Breadth of Knowledge
1.  Understand how energy drives chemical reactions, and how we understand the different parts of the energy picture  
2.  Connect the macroscopic models of thermodynamics to the microscopic descriptions of statistical mechanics 3.  Use the molecular models to better understand reaction and molecular dynamics.  Link these to ideas of molecular motion, chemical reaction kinetics, and reaction mechanism
4.  Understand the importance of calculus to both describe thermodynamic ideas and also reveal connections between different thermodynamic measurables
B. Knowledge of Methodologies
1. Develop the mathematical tools needed to model physical systems and changes under different conditions
2.  Provide an introduction to writing and using simple computer programs to solve complex physical chemistry problems
3.  Engage with the literature in order to compare data, develop experimental procedures, and analyze and interpret data
C. Application of Knowledge
1.  Develop an ability to design and implement an experiment to answer a specific chemical question
2.  Interpret experimental data in order to understand what conclusions can and cannot be made based on experimental design and a statistical assessment of the results
D. Communication Skills
1.  Use symbolic models to describe the experiments and their results.
2.  Improve the ability to write scientifically
E. Awareness of the Limits of Knowledge
1.  Appreciate the complexities of describing energy for different systems and the influence that this has on everyday events
F. Maturity and Professional Capacity
1.  Write a clear, accurate lab report based on experiments
2.  Develop clear step-wise processes for answering numerical chemistry problems.
3.  Conduct experiments with other students, developing good interpersonal skills to accomplish laboratory tasks
G. Respect and Appreciation for the Discipline
1.  Articulate how the fundamental ideas of classical thermodynamics, statistical thermodynamics and chemical kinetics and dynamics form a beautifully interconnected set of models that allows us to interpret experimental data at the macroscopic and microscopic level
2.  Understand that the development of these ideas, models, and theories has taken place over hundreds of years and greatly contributed to our understanding of the chemical world
  • Introduction
  • Real Gasses
  • Classical Thermodynamic
    • Work, Heat, Specific Heat capacities
    • Energy, enthalpy
    • State function
    • Entropy
    • Equilibrium
  • Statistical thermodynamics
    • Probabilities
    • Boltzmann distribution
    • Ensembles and molecular partition functions
    • Energy, Entropy Specific Heat capacities
  • Kinetics  
    • Kinetic molecular theory
    • Transport*
    • Basic Chemical Kinetics
    • Complex Reaction Kinetics*   
LAB SCHEDULE: L1. Measuring the three thermodynamic energies
L2. Surfactants and micelles
L3. From probabilities to diffusion
L4. Calculating thermodynamic properties
L5. Experimental kinetics
* will be covered if time permits

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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