Chem 520: Physical Chemistry

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Instructor: Philip Grandinetti
Instructor Office: 0044 McPherson Lab
Instructor Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 1:30-2:30 PM

TA: Kevin Sanders
TA Office: 0048 McPherson Lab
TA Office Hours: Thursday at 1:30-3:30 pm in 5097 Smith Lab

Required Text: "Physical Chemistry for the Chemical and Biological Sciences", R. Chang

Lecture Topic(s)Chapter
Thermodynamic Definitions4
First Law of Thermodynamics - Work, Heat4
Heat Capacity, Enthalpy4
Gas Laws2
Kinetic Theory of Gases3
Second and Third Law of Thermodynamics5
Gibbs and Helmholtz Energies6
Non-Electrolyte Solutions7
Electrolyte Solutions8
Chemical Equilibrium9
Electrochemistry, Acids and Bases (time permitting)10-11

Take-Home Quizzes 20%
Midterm Exam 40% 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Tues, Feb 7th, Room 2004 Evans Lab
Final Exam 40% 11:30 AM - 1:18 PM, Tue, March 13th, Room 2019 McPherson

Penalty for late Quizzes: 10% per day late. Homework Assignments can be found here.

To have an exam question re-graded, turn in a written description of your concern no later than one class period after the exam was returned to you. Each exam in question will be re-graded in its entirety.

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