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CHEM 366
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics Spring 2021
Division III

Class Details

The thermodynamic laws provide us with our most powerful and general scientific principles for predicting the direction of spontaneous change in physical, chemical, and biological systems. This course develops the concepts of energy, entropy, free energy, temperature, heat, work, and chemical potential within the framework of classical and statistical thermodynamics. The principles developed are applied to a variety of problems: chemical reactions, phase changes, energy technology, industrial processes, and environmental science. Laboratory experiments provide quantitative and practical demonstrations of the theory of real and ideal systems studied in class.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; lecture/laboratory; hybrid: classroom/online activities (2 x 75 min); four hours per week of laboratory (segmented into problem solving/discussion and experimental periods with 30-min break)
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 4873
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, oral presentations, problem sets, laboratory work, and an independent project
Prerequisites: CHEM 155 or 256, and basic knowledge of applied integral and differential calculus
Enrollment Preferences: Chemistry majors: seniors, juniors, then sophomores
Distributions: Division III
Attributes: BIMO Interdepartmental Electives

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