CHEM 366
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics Fall 2023
Division III

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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, three times per week and laboratory, four hours per week
Limit: 16/lab
Expected: 16
Class#: 1130
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 CHEM 256 or CHEM 200, 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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