2016 Physical Chemistry (Phase Diagram)

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Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Shioya Masatoshi 
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Course description and aims

The physical chemistry is an important subject for the research and development of materials. This course focuses on the phase transition and the phase equilibrium.
This course aims at understanding these physicochemical phenomena based on the fundamental relationships of thermodynamics.

Student learning outcomes

With this course, the students acquire the skills of the model analysis on the phase transition and the phase equilibrium.


Physical chemistry
Phase transition
Phase separation
Phase equilibrium
Phase diagram

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The lecture uses materials uploaded to OCW-i. In every lesson, quick question is given to investigate the degree of understanding.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Probability density function Acquire analysis skills.
Class 2 Velocity distribution of gas Acquire analysis skills.
Class 3 Collision frequency of gas molecules Acquire analysis skills.
Class 4 Equation of state for ideal and real gases Acquire analysis skills.
Class 5 Phase transition of pure substance Acquire analysis skills.
Class 6 Phase separation, spinodal line, binodal line Acquire analysis skills.
Class 7 Phase equilibrium Acquire analysis skills.
Class 8 Phase diagram of multi-component system Acquire analysis skills.


Physical chemistry by P. Atkins and J. D. Paula, Tokyo Kagakudojin

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Materials uploaded to OCW-i

Assessment criteria and methods

The skills of the model analysis on the phase transition and the phase equilibrium are assessed with written examination.

Related courses

  • Physical chemistry (Chemical thermodynamics)

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

None required.

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