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Chemical reactions underpin the production of pretty much everything in our modern world. But, what is the driving force behind reactions? Why do some reactions occur over geological time scales whilst others are so fast that we need femtosecond-pulsed lasers to study them? Ultimately, what is going on at the atomic level? Discover the answers to such fundamental questions and more on this course in introductory physical chemistry. The course covers the key concepts of three of the principal topics in first-year undergraduate physical chemistry: thermodynamics, kinetics and quantum mechanics. These three topics cover whether or not reactions occur, how fast they go and what is actually going on at the sub-atomic scale....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Thermodynamics I

This module explores thermodynamic definitions, the zeroth law of thermodynamics and temperature, the first law of thermodynamics and enthalpy, reversible expansion, and heat capacity....
Reading
7 videos (Total 51 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Thermodynamic Definitions9m
The Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics and Temperature5m
The First Law of Thermodynamics and Enthalpy11m
Reversible Expansion11m
Heat Capacity8m
Thermodynamics I Recap1m
Reading2 readings
About Us10m
Thermodynamics I Overview10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Thermodynamics I - Practice Quiz20m

2

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Thermodynamics II

This module explores the second law of thermodynamics and entropy, the second law of thermodynamics and spontaneity, the second law of thermodynamics and equilibrium, the third law of thermodynamics and absolute entropy, and Hess' Law. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 56 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
The Second Law of Thermodynamics and Entropy6m
The Second Law of Thermodynamics and Spontaneity15m
The Second Law of Thermodynamics and Equilibrium10m
The Third Law of Thermodynamics and Absolute Entropy5m
Hess' Law14m
Thermodynamics Recap m
Reading1 reading
Thermodynamics II Overview10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Thermodynamics II - Practice Quiz20m
Thermodynamics Assessment20m

3

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Virtual Lab 1: Thermodynamics

This lab allows you to further explore thermodynamics....
Reading
2 videos (Total 33 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Calorimeter Experiment28m
Reading2 readings
Thermodynamics Lab Overview (Virtual Lab)10m
Thermodynamics Lab Solutions10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Thermodynamics Virtual Lab4m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Chemical Kinetics I

This module explores the rate of reaction, stoichiometry and order, zero order reactions, first order reactions, second order reactions, determination of reaction order, and effect of temperature on reaction rate. ...
Reading
11 videos (Total 114 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video11 videos
Rate of Reaction6m
Stoichiometry and Order10m
Zero Order Reactions9m
First Order Reactions8m
Second Order Reactions17m
Determination of Reaction Order12m
Experimental Determination of Reaction Order6m
Examples of Measurements I7m
Examples of Measurements II9m
Effect of Temperature on Reaction Rate23m
Reading1 reading
Chemical Kinetics I Overview10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Chemical Kinetics I - Practice Quiz20m
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By LLNov 17th 2016

The information in this course is very useful. Help me to understand one of the part of physical chemistry. And the lectures are very clearly So thank Professors for the course!!

By EEJul 25th 2016

Excelente curso que enseña las bases de la química desde un punto de vista físico, lo recomiendo fervientemente.

Instructors

Michael W. Anderson, FRSC

Professor of Materials Chemistry
School of Chemistry

Jonathan Agger, MRSC

Lecturer and Deputy Director of Outreach
Chemistry

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