Chem 103 Basic Principles of Physical Chemistry

A course covering basic concepts of thermodynamics and kinetics. Ideal gas law and its application; First law of thermodynamics: heat, work, heat capacity, Born-Habor cycle and its application; Second (and third) law of thermodynamics: entropy and its application; Helmholtz and Gibbs energies, spontaneity of reaction, standard Gibbs energy and its application; Chemical potential and phase rule; Fundamental equation of chemical thermodynamics and phase boundary; Raoult's and Henry's law; Phase diagram and distillation; Equilibrium, exothermic and endothermic reactions; Rate law: First order and second order reactions and simple examples (catalysis); Isotherm (Langmuir) and its application; Example of rate equation; Basic spectroscopy techniques relevant to thermodynamics and kinetics.