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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.
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)
Grading: no pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
class participation, oral presentations, problem sets, laboratory work, and an independent project
CHEM 155 or 256, and basic knowledge of applied integral and differential calculus
Chemistry majors: seniors, juniors, then sophomores
BIMO Interdepartmental Electives