2016 Physical Chemistry (Thermodynamics)

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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 chemical thermodynamics.
This course aims at understanding various physicochemical phenomena based on the chemical potential.

Student learning outcomes

With this course, the students acquire the skills to analyze various physicochemical phenomena based on the chemical potential.


Physical chemistry
Chemical potential
Chemical equilibrium
Osmotic pressure
Electrolyte solution

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 State function and exact differential Acquire analysis skills.
Class 2 Fundamental law of thermodynamics Acquire analysis skills.
Class 3 Gibbs energy and Helmholtz energy Acquire analysis skills.
Class 4 Chemical potential Acquire analysis skills.
Class 5 Chemical equilibrium Acquire analysis skills.
Class 6 Diffusion Acquire analysis skills.
Class 7 Osmotic pressure Acquire analysis skills.
Class 8 Conductivity of electrolyte solution 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 to analyze various physicochemical phenomena based on the chemical potential are assessed with written examination.

Related courses

  • Physical chemistry (Phase equilibrium)

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

None required.

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