Physical Chemistry I's Full Profile
This course will teach you the fundamentals of thermodynamics. Thermodynamics is the study of energy and its transformations. Energy is a physical property that can be converted from one form to another in order to perform work. For example, a stone rolling down a hill is converting gravitational potential energy into the kinetic energy of motion. Thermodynamics can be applied to systems we use every day—such as, for example, heat pumps and refrigerators, internal combustion engines, batteries, and both electrical and mechanical power generators. An awareness of thermodynamics will help you examine other concepts involving chemical processes more quickly and will enable you to understand why many physical phenomena (such as automobile engines or chemical explosives) work the way they do. The knowledge you will gain in this course also will help you determine how much work an object can put out and predict how to optimize an object’s operation.In this course, you will learn about the laws of thermodynamics; thermodynamic principles; ideal and real gases; the phases of matter; and equations of state and state changes. You also will explore kinetic molecular theory and statistical mechanics, fields that relate the atomic-level motion of the high number of small particles that make up a system to the average thermodynamic behavior of the system as a whole.In this course, you will concentrate on the large-scale, bulk properties of systems that can be described using the principles of classical mechanics. In addition to these large-scale properties, there also are many systems in which small-scale, quantum-mechanical effects influence or dominate the behavior of the system as a whole. These quantum-mechanical systems will be explored in Saylor’sCHEM106: Physical Chemistry II.
Days of the Week:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
- Level of Difficulty: Beginner
- Size: One-on-One
- Cost: Free
- Institution: Saylor
- Topics: Chemistry
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