Thermodynamics and Kinetics (CHEM*2820 )
Code and section: CHEM*2820 *01
Term: Fall 2023
Department of Chemistry
University of Guelph
CHEM*2820 Thermodynamics and Kinetics Fall Only (LEC: 3, LAB: 3) [0.50]
This course examines the laws and applications of chemical thermodynamics and chemical kinetics.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*1050, (1 of IPS*1510, MATH*1090, MATH*1210, MATH*2080)
Restriction(s): CHEM*2880, PHYS*2240
Department(s): Department of Chemistry
- Atkins’ Physical Chemistry, 12th or 11th Editions by P. Atkins, J. de Paula, J. Keeler, Oxford University Press.
Two copies are available at the Reserve Desk in McLaughlin Library.
Course Content and Objectives
properties of gases, laws of thermodynamics, phases, mixtures, non-electrolyte solutions, equilibria, chemical kinetics, reaction dynamics
Lab Reports (30%), Midterm Exam (30%), Final Exam (40%). Students must obtain a grade of at least 40% on the final exam to pass the course.
Midterm Exam: October 17, 2023
Final Exam: December 6, 2023
This is a required course for the Honours BSc programs in Chemistry and Chemical Physics. The course is usually taken in the 5th semester.
CHEM*2820 is intended to provide a background in the fundamentals of chemical thermodynamics and kinetics, and their applications to modern science. The material is presented at a level of depth that will allow it to be used as a foundation for further study. Topics in thermodynamics include ideal and non-ideal gases, the three laws, physical transformations of pure substances, simple mixtures, and chemical equilibria. The latter part of the course includes chemical kinetics and reaction dynamics.
Lab Content and Objectives
Labs are conducted in SSC 2109 and consist of one three-hour lab per week. A detailed lab schedule is pro- vided in the lab outline. During the first lab students will be assigned partners and an experiment schedule and receive an introduction and orientation to the lab. Lab manuals will be available for cash sale in the chemistry department during the first week of lab. Students should bring appropriate PPE with them (lab coat, goggles, closed shoes, facemask) and a bound laboratory notebook to their first experimental lab. The lab co-ordinator uses a separate Courselink site to post grades, lab report dropboxes, and for a lab discussion group. Any changes to the lab or the lab schedule will be posted on the lab Courselink site. For more informa- tion including a schedule for all experiments, please refer to the lab outline document on the CourseLink website.
Learning Outcomes for Labs
By the end of this lab, you should be able to:
- Carry out thermodynamic and kinetic experiments in a safe, accurate and precise manner. This includes:
(a) Performing experiments under constant T and constant P conditions
(b) Operating a bomb calorimeter
(c) Operating a UV-VIS spectrometer and plate-reader
- Perform appropriate calculations and graphical analysis to determine thermodynamic and kinetic values
(K, k, Ea, ∆H, ∆S, ∆G etc.) and their associated errors. 3. Create lab reports in a research article style.
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