2016 Basic Chemical Thermodynamics

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Academic unit or major
Basic science and technology courses
Instructor(s)
Nishino Tomoaki 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue1-2(W321)  
Group
B
Course number
LAS.C107
Credits
1
Academic year
2016
Offered quarter
4Q
Syllabus updated
2017/1/11
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

This course describes fundamental thermodynamics based on the first and the second laws of thermodynamics and demonstrates how the newly introduced concepts such as entropy, Gibbs energy, and chemical potential can explain many thermal phenomena. Among various thermodynamic topics in many fields, this course focuses on familiar chemical phenomena (e.g., Hess's law, Clapeyron's law, chemical equilibrium constants, Le Chatelier's principle, dilute solution, etc.).
As one of the science and engineering basic courses required for all Tokyo Tech students, this course provides essential contents of chemical thermodynamics in chemistry field. Students will acquire general knowledge, methods and ways of thinking about chemistry.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the standard enthalpy of formation and its temperature dependence (Hess's law and Kirchhoff's law) based on the first law of thermodynamics.
2)Understand that the efficiency of any heat engine can be determined only by the temperatures of the heat bath (Carnot's law) based on the second law of thermodynamics.
3)Explain various chemical thermal phenomena (especially vapor pressure, chemical equilibrium constants, dilute solution etc.) by understanding Gibbs energy and chemical potential.

Keywords

Internal energy, enthalpy, entropy, Gibbs energy

Competencies that will be developed

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

Basically, each class covers one chapter in the textbook according to the course schedule. Each class consists of outline of basic topics, explanation of exercise problems, and introduction of related topics. Students are required to learn outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes under the instructor's guidance.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction of thermodynamics Read chapter 22 in the textbook and understand basic knowledge. Solve related exercise problems.
Class 2 First law of thermodynamics Read chapter 23 in the textbook and understand basic knowledge. Solve related exercise problems.
Class 3 Enthalpy Read chapter 24 in the textbook and understand basic knowledge. Solve related exercise problems.
Class 4 Second law of thermodynamics and heat engine Read chapter 25 in the textbook and understand basic knowledge. Solve related exercise problems.
Class 5 Entropy Read chapter 26 in the textbook and understand basic knowledge. Solve related exercise problems.
Class 6 Gibbs energy and chemical potential Read chapter 27 in the textbook and understand basic knowledge. Solve related exercise problems.
Class 7 Application of thermodynamics to chemical phenomena Read chapter 28 in the textbook and understand basic knowledge. Solve related exercise problems.
Class 8 Application of thermodynamics to chemical phenomena, dilute solution, electrochemistry Summary of the course Read chapter 28 in the textbook and understand basic knowledge. Solve and review exercise problems in all chapters.

Textbook(s)

An assigned textbook.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None.
Material may be provided via OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of basic topics of chemical thermodynamics covered in the course will be assessed by final exam.

Related courses

  • LAS.C110 : Chemistry Laboratory I
  • LAS.C112 : Chemistry Laboratory II

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

None.

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