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Physical Chemistry
PHYS CHEM I
CLASS CODE: CHEM 461 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: CHEMISTRY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: First semester of a course covering the fundamental concepts of physical chemistry. This course provides a theoretical and mathematical description of the physical behavior of chemical systems.
TAUGHT: Fall
CONTENT AND TOPICS: States of Matter, Thermodynamics and Equilibria, Kinetics.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Gain exposure to the mathematical foundations of physical chemistry and to the methods used to analyze experimental data.

Apply the Laws of Thermodynamics to thermochemistry, chemical equilibrium, and electrochemistry.

Describe the experiments that demonstrated the inadequacy of classical mechanics.

Use quantum mechanical principles to describe model systems and hydrogenic atoms.

Teach a physical chemical principle.
REQUIREMENTS: Typically 5 unit exams, 10 quizzes, and a final exam.
PREREQUISITES: Completion of Math 113, Math 215 or Math 119 is required. Completion of Math 316 or Math 341 is recommended.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001