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Thermodynamics is the science of the transformations of energy. Thermodynamics provides a powerful way to discuss equilibria and the direction of natural changes in chemistry. Its concepts apply to both physical change, such as fusion and vaporization, and chemical change, including electrochemistry. We see that through the concepts of energy, enthalpy, entropy, Gibbs energy, and the chemical potential it is possible to obtain a unified view of these core features of chemistry and to treat equilibria quantitatively. In the first part of the course, we deal with the bulk properties of matter; after that we show how these properties stem from the behavior of individual atoms using the statistical treatment of thermodynamic properties.
These prerequisite concepts are required and will be reviewed in depth:
1) The properties of gases: Ideal gases and real gases
Mathematical background 1: Differentiation and integration
2) The Zeroth and First Laws: Temperature Scales, Work, Heat and Internal Energy
Mathematical background 2: Multivariate calculus