May 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

CHEM 4431 - Physical Chemistry 1

An introduction to quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics.  Quantum topics include the Schrodinger equation, particle-in-a-box, harmonic oscillator, molecular orbital theory, and molecular spectroscopy. Thermodynamics topics include the first, second, and third laws of thermodynamics, and their applications to chemical systems. Chemical kinetics topics include rate laws, integrated rate equations, the steady state approximation, and the derivation of rate law expressions from reaction mechanisms.

Credits: 4

Prereq: CHEM 1142, MATH 2110, and PHYS 2202 or PHYS 2212.
Lecture hours: 3
Lab hours: 3
Course/lab fee: $