CHEM 3203 - Introductory Physical Chemistry

 Date Reading/Class Discussion Homework Assignments Due
Jan 8 Introduction, Chapter 1 – 1.1 – 1.5  
Jan 10 Chapter 1 – 1.6 – 1.8  
Jan 12 Chapter 1 – 1.9 – 1.14  
Jan 15 Martin Luther King Day  
Jan 17 Chapter 2 – 2.1 – 2.5 Unit Systems – Gas Laws (#'s:1-9)
Jan 19 Chapter 2 – 2.6 – 2.8  
Jan 22 Chapter 3 – 3.1 – 3.5  
Jan 24 Chapter 3 – 3.7  
Jan 26 Chapter 4 – 4.1 – 4.4, 4.8 Heat, Work Energy and Enthalpy
Jan 29 Chapter 4 – 4.5 – 4.7, 4.10 – 4.11  
Jan 31 Chapter 5 – 5.1 – 5.6, 5.8  
Feb 2 Review Entropy
Feb 5 Exam 1 – Intro and Chapters 1 – 4  


Good day and welcome to Introductory Physical Chemistry. This course is a one semester survey of the field and concepts of physical chemistry, a subject that is the foundation for all other sub-disciplines. In this course, you will examine the foundations of all the concepts presented to you without proof in previous courses. The purpose of this is to gain knowledge as to the limitations and foundations of those concepts so that you can use them intelligently. You will be asked to understand the concepts and be able to demonstrate their validity through mathematical means. Homework will be assigned testing and evaluating chemical and physical concepts. You will then be asked on the exams to explain and evaluate those concepts based on the homework problems assigned. So it is not merely a matter of completing the homework, but understanding the significance. This course favors the curious and dis-favors the disengaged. So if you have a true curiosity of the nature of the world, enjoy the journey.

Important is your review of the Homework Guide and my Exam Philosophy. The Homework Guide will be strictly adhered to and the Exam Philosophy will prepare you for demonstrating your knowledge and skills on the exams. Please read them. They are link to the right. (move your eyes to the right a few degrees on this page.)

The course syllabus and schedule are linked above. (move your eyes up a few degrees on this page.) . I keep the schedule up to the next exam on this page. Notes and homework are provided here as well. The homework is disseminated via MS Word so that you can print and work directly on the page as the questions are included. This will aid you in your work.

I look forward to working with you and maybe exciting you a bit more about the world in which you live.

Dr. J


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