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CHEM 171

Foundations of Physical Chemistry

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4 units

Letter or Credit/No Credit

Quantum and statistical thermodynamics: obtaining quantum mechanical energy levels and connecting them to thermodynamic properties using statistical mechanics. Emphasis will be on quantum mechanics of ideal systems (e.g. particle in a box, particle in a ring, harmonic oscillator, hydrogen atom) and their connection to and uses in thermodynamics (laws of thermodynamics, properties of gases, chemical equilibria, thermal motion and energy barriers, and rates of chemical reactions). Homeworks and discussion sections will employ the Python programming language for hands-on experience with simulating chemical systems. Prerequisites: CHEM 33; PHYS 41; CS106A; either MATH 51 or CME 100.


  • GER: DB-NatSci

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