Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions: Thermodynamics
The full-time program Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions covers quantum mechanics, inorganic chemistry (in fall and winter), and thermodynamics (in winter and spring), all at the upper-division science level. Each of these subjects is available to students as an individual component by taking the variable credit option within Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions .
In winter, we will study the fundamentals of thermodynamics including the zeroth, first and second laws of thermodynamics, work, heat, energy, the equipartition theorem, entropy, enthalpy, equations of state, ideal gases, calorimetry, refrigerators, engines, and the Carnot cycle.
In spring, we will add the study of kinetics to thermodynamics. Spring quarter topics include: Gibbs and Helmholtz energy, phase transitions, colligative properties, chemical equilibrium, Boltzman statistics, and reaction kinetics (reaction rates, rate law, orders, Arrhenius effects, molecularity, chain reactions, reaction mechanisms, the Eyring relationship, the Boltzmann distribution, and the Maxwell distribution of speeds). Laboratory exercises may be included if time permits.
Signature required.This course accepts new enrollment in spring. Students must demonstrate competency with winter material by passing the winter quarter final exam. Contact faculty (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Students must have successfully completed one year of college calculus (differential and integral) and EITHER one year of college-level general chemistry with laboratory OR one year of college-level physics.
Students must have successfully completed one year of college calculus (differential and integral) and EITHER one year of general chemistry with lab OR one year of college-level physics. Contact faculty
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chemistry, physics, and science education
Students who achieve the expected level of competency will earn upper-division science credits in thermodynamics and kinetics.
Mon 1 - 3p; Thurs 9:30 - 11:30a