2016 Exercise in Physical Chemistry I

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Polymer Chemistry
Kawauchi Susumu  Nojima Shuichi  Satoh Mitsuru 
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Course description and aims

This course provides exercises related to gas properties, phase transitions, phase diagrams, and quantum chemistry in order to allow students to get good understanding of physical chemistry and the practical applications.

Students will have the chance to solve practical physical chemical problems through these courses.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand gas properties and principal thermodynamic functions and explain energy changes involved in several physical and chemical reactions and their spontaneity in terms of thermodynamics.
2) Understand phase transitions and phase diagrams observed in various systems on the basis of thermodynamics.
3) Understand quantum chemistry and its applications.


Physical chemistry, gas properties, thermodynamics, phase transition, phase diagram, quantum chemistry

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Students solve given problems and their solutions are reviewed.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Gas properties and internal energy (Mitsuru Satoh) Understand the equations of state for the perfect gas and real gas. Explain how the internal energy changes with what factors.
Class 2 Enthalpy and thermochemistry (Mitsuru Satoh) Explain what factors cause enthalpy changes and calculate the changes with thermochemical equations.
Class 3 Entropy and Carnot cycle (Mitsuru Satoh) Understand how entropy is derived from Carnot cycle and calculate various kinds of entropy changes.
Class 4 Free energies and thermodynamic expressions (Mitsuru Satoh) Understand the difference between Gibbs energy and Helmholz energy. Derive the relevant thermodynamic expressions.
Class 5 Phase transition (Shuichi Nojima) Understand the general concept of "phase transition ", and introduce the actual phase transitions occurring in various systems.
Class 6 Phase diagram (Shuichi Nojima) Understand the generality of phase diagrams observed in various systems including gas, liquid, solid, and mixtures.
Class 7 Quantum chemical calculations (Susumu Kawauchi) Carry out quantum chemical calculations using a software.
Class 8 Quantum chemical calculations of chemical reactions(Susumu Kawauchi) Carry out quantum chemical calculations for chemical reactions.


P. Atkins, J. de Paula, "Physical Chemistry", 8th Ed., Oxford University Press; ISBN: 978-4-8079-0695-6.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class or via OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' course scores are based on the results of exercise problems.

Related courses

  • ZUK.B301 : Exercise in Physical Chemistri II

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students must have successfully completed the following courses or have equivalent knowledge: Chemistry I, Chemistry II, and Physical Chemistry I (Quantum Chemistry).

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