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SC06101274, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1156, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 10.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY 1
Department of reference Department of Chemical Sciences
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Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
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Teacher in charge ANTONINO POLIMENO CHIM/02
Other lecturers MIRCO ZERBETTO CHIM/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses CHIM/02 Physical Chemistry 10.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 3.0 30 45.0 No turn
Lecture 7.0 56 119.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 2019/20 27/01/2014 30/11/2020 POLIMENO ANTONINO (Presidente)
FREZZATO DIEGO (Membro Effettivo)
MORO GIORGIO (Membro Effettivo)
ORIAN LAURA (Membro Effettivo)
ZERBETTO MIRCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic notions of analysis (differential calculus)
Target skills and knowledge: Principles, methods and applications of thermodynamics of systems at equilibrium; principles of chemical kinetics
Examination methods: Periodical written assessments (open and multiple choices tests)
Assessment criteria: Assessment will be based on comprehension skills and capability of applying thereotical principles to actual physico-chemical problems.
Course unit contents: Thermodynamics
- The gas laws
- The van der Waals equation
- The principle of corresponding states
- Work, heat, and energy
- The internal energy
- Expansion work
- Heat transactions and enthalpy
- Standard enthalpy changes and enthalpies of formation
- The temperature-dependence of reaction enthalpies
- State functions
- Exact and inexact differentials
- Changes in internal energy
- The Joule–Thomson effect
- The dispersal of energy
- Entropy, entropy changes accompanying specific processes
- The Third Law of thermodynamics
- The Helmholtz and Gibbs energies
- Standard reaction Gibbs energies
- Supercritical fluids
- Partial molar quantities
- The thermodynamics of mixing
- The chemical potentials of liquids
- Colligative properties
- The activities of regular solutions
- The activities of ions in solution
- Phases, components, and degrees of freedom
- The phase rule
- Two-component systems
- Vapour pressure diagrams
- Temperature–composition diagrams
- The Gibbs energy minimum
- The description of equilibrium
- The response of equilibria to pressure
- The response of equilibria to temperature
- Half-reactions and electrodes
- Varieties of cells
- The electromotive force
- Standard potentials
- Applications of standard potentials
- Empirical chemical kinetics
- Experimental techniques
- The rates of reactions
- Enzymes kinetics
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lectures and numerical exercises
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes for advanced topics
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • P. Atkins, J. De Paula, Physical Chemistry. --: Oxford University Press, --. Cerca nel catalogo