2017 Basic Chemical Thermodynamics English Class

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Academic unit or major
Basic science and technology courses
Instructor(s)
Juhasz Gergely 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue1-2(H112)  
Group
English Class
Course number
LAS.C107
Credits
1
Academic year
2017
Offered quarter
4Q
Syllabus updated
2017/3/17
Lecture notes updated
2018/2/4
Language used
English
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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

Thermodynamics, 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 Thermodynamics and quantity of state  equation of state, ideal gas, real gas Read chapter 1 in the textbook and understand basic knowledge. Solve related exercise problems.
Class 2 First law of thermodynamics Heat, power, Joule's law Read chapter 2 in the textbook and understand basic knowledge. Solve related exercise problems.
Class 3 Enthalpy  Heat of reaction, heat capacity Read chapter 3 in the textbook and understand basic knowledge. Solve related exercise problems.
Class 4 Second law of thermodynamics and heat engine  Carnot's cycle, reversible and irreversible process Read chapter 4 in the textbook and understand basic knowledge. Solve related exercise problems.
Class 5 Entropy Clausius's inequality, third law of thermodynamics Read chapter 5 in the textbook and understand basic knowledge. Solve related exercise problems.
Class 6 Gibbs energy and chemical potential  Thermodynamic relations Read chapter 6 in the textbook and understand basic knowledge. Solve related exercise problems.
Class 7 Application of thermodynamics to chemical phenomena Phase rule, Clapeyron's equation, chemical reaction, equilibrium Read chapter 7 in the textbook and understand basic knowledge. Solve related exercise problems.
Class 8 Application of thermodynamics to chemical phenomena, dilute solution Summary of the course Read chapters 1-7 in the textbook and understand basic knowledge. Solve and review exercise problems in all chapters.

Textbook(s)

Basic Chemistry for Science and Engineering Students - Chemical Thermodynamics; Ed. by Department of Chemistry, School of Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology; Kagaku-dojin

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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