
Course unit
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY 1
SC06101274, A.A. 2019/20
Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19
ECTS: details
Type 
ScientificDisciplinary 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 
Hours of Individual study 
Shifts 
Practice 
3.0 
30 
45.0 
No turn 
Lecture 
7.0 
56 
119.0 
No turn 
Prerequisites:

Basic notions of analysis (differential calculus): real functions, derivatives, integrals 
Target skills and knowledge:

Principles, methods and applications of thermodynamics of systems at equilibrium; principles of chemical kinetics 
Examination methods:

The verification of the knowledge and expected skills will be carried out on the basis of two separate tests. The first test, written, will be based on two assessments (partial tests) in the form of numerical exercises applied to properties of thermochemical systems; the second testwill be based on an oral discussion.
The first partial test will take place approximately around the middle of the semester, the second at its conclusion. Each partial test will be based on four or five numerical exercises.
The final oral exam will be based on open questions on the main themes developed during the course.
The final grade will be obtained from the average of the marks reported in the partial tests and in the oral test. 
Assessment criteria:

Assessment will be based on comprehension skills and capability of applying thereotical principles to actual physicochemical 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 temperaturedependence of reaction enthalpies
 State functions
 Exact and inexact differentials
 Changes in internal energy
 The Jouleâ€“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
 Twocomponent systems
 Vapour pressure diagrams
 Temperatureâ€“composition diagrams
 The Gibbs energy minimum
 The description of equilibrium
 The response of equilibria to pressure
 The response of equilibria to temperature
 Halfreactions 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, .


