Physical Chemistry (Thermodynamics and
Kinetics)
Instructors: Dr. Andrzej Molski (Lecture 50%)
Consultant: NCSU faculty members Dr. Stefan
Franzen will provide webbased materials based on the design at NCSU. The textbook was written by Dr. Franzen is provided
as a PDF document. Recommended reading is the textbook Physical Chemistry by P.
Atkins and J. DePaula. This course is modeled on NCSU course CH433 (3 credits)
The corresponding ISU course is Chem325 (3
credits), which is the Thermodynamics and possibly the 1 credit kinetics class
Chem326X.
The textbook was written by Dr. Franzen is
provided as a PDF document made available to students. Recommended reading:
Physical Chemistry by P. Atkins and J. DePaula. This course corresponds to
CH433 at NC State. Note that CH431 and CH433 (the twosemester Physical
Chemistry sequence) can be taken in either order.
Lecture 
Topic 
Reading 
1. 
Macroscopic vs. Microscopic 
Chapter 1 
2. 
Properties of Gases 

3. 
Real Gases/Corresponding
States 

4. 
Partition Function 

5. 
The First Law 
Chapter 2 
6. 
Heat Capacity 

7. 
Heat, Work, and Energy 

8. 
Thermochemistry 

9. 
Entropy and the 2^{nd}
Law 
Chapter 3 
10. 
Second Law Applications 

11. 
Entropy and the Third Law 
Chapter 4 
12. 
Gibbs Free Energy 

13. 
Review 

14. 
Midterm I 

15.

Second
Law Applications 
Chapter 5 
16. 
Maxwell Relations 

17 
Phase
Equilibria 
Chapter 6 
18. 
The ClausiusClapeyron Eqn. 

19. 
Solutions – Real and Ideal 

20. 
GibbsDuheim, Activity 
Chapter 7 
21. 
Colligative Properties 

22. 
Midterm II 

23. 
Introduction to Kinetics 
Chapter 21 
24. 
Rate Laws 
Chapter 22 
25. 
Complex reactions 
Chapter 23 
26. 
Reaction dynamics 
Chapter 24 
27. 
Catalysts/Surfaces 
Chapter 25 
28. 
Applications 

29. 
Review 
