Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions: Thermodynamics

Winter 2020
Spring 2020
Class Size: 8
Credits per quarter

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physical chemistry

The full-time program Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions covers quantum mechanics, inorganic chemistry (in fall and winter), and thermodynamics (in winter and spring), all at the upper-division science level. Each of these subjects is available to students as an individual component by taking the variable credit option within Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions .

In winter, we will study the fundamentals of thermodynamics including the zeroth, first and second laws of thermodynamics, work, heat, energy, the equipartition theorem, entropy, enthalpy, equations of state, ideal gases,  calorimetry, refrigerators, engines, and the Carnot cycle.

In spring, we will add the study of kinetics to thermodynamics. Spring quarter topics include: Gibbs and Helmholtz energy, phase transitions, colligative properties, chemical equilibrium, Boltzman statistics, and reaction kinetics (reaction rates, rate law, orders, Arrhenius effects, molecularity, chain reactions, reaction mechanisms, the Eyring relationship, the Boltzmann distribution, and the Maxwell distribution of speeds). Laboratory exercises may be included if time permits.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

chemistry, physics, and science education


Credits per quarter

Fields of study: 

Students must have successfully completed one year of college calculus (differential and integral) and EITHER one year of college-level general chemistry with laboratory OR one year of college-level physics.

Online learning:
  • Winter: Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
  • Spring Complete Online Learning - This offering delivers all of its instruction online.

Upper division science credit:

Students who achieve the expected level of competency will earn upper-division science credits in thermodynamics and kinetics.

Class Standing: Sophomore–Senior
Class Size: 8

Scheduled for: Day

Final schedule and room assignments:

Advertised schedule:

Mon 1 - 3p; Thurs 9:30 - 11:30a

Located in: Olympia