Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences Department of Integrated Global Studies
Lecture Code ARS70801 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name Physical Chemistry of Materials and Environmental Applications I (環境物理化学 I)
Subject Name
カンキョウブツリカガク I
Subject Name in
Physical Chemistry of Materials and Environmental Applications I
ヴィレヌーヴ マスミ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  First Semester,  1Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1T) Weds1-2:IAS K202
Lesson Style Seminar Lesson Style
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If the number of students who are registered is not large, in-class lectures will be conducted.  

Lectures, PowerPoint presentations 
Credits 1.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction E : English
Course Level 2 : Undergraduate Low-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 25 : Science and Technology
Course Area(Discipline) 07 : Chemistry
Eligible Students IGS students
Keywords physical chemistry, thermodynamics, natural environment 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
The basic concepts of the field of physical chemistry are useful for students whether they are chemistry majors, biologists, engineers, or earth scientists.  This course focuses on the thermodynamics and aims to make its concepts and methods clear and interesting to students who intend to study natural sciences.  
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Integrated Global Studies
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・The knowledge and understanding of the important characteristics and basic theoretical framework of individual academic disciplines.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability to specify necessary theories and methods for the consideration of important issues. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
Students will learn the basic properties of gases.
Students will learn the basics of thermodynamics.
Students will understand how physical chemistry works in natural environment and daily human activities. 
Class Schedule Lesson 1 Basic Concepts
Lesson 2 The Ideal Gas, Kinetic Theory of Gas Molecules
Lesson 3 Real Gases
Lesson 4 Description of the State of a System, Partial Molar Properties, the Boltzmann Distribution (the barometric formula)
Lesson 5 The First Law of Thermodynamics, State Functions
Lesson 6 Work of Compression and Expansion of a Gas, Various Kinds of Work, Changes in State at Constant Volume, Changes in State at Constant Pressure
Lesson 7 Adiabatic Compression and Expansion of a Gas, Thermochemistry
Lesson 8 Introduction to the Second Law of Thermodynamics, Examination (45 min)
Textbook: Physical Chemistry, 4th ed., R. J. Silbey, R. A. Alberty, M. G. Bawendi (available in Maruzen Ebook Library of Hiroshima University)
Recommended rference books: Physical Chemistry: How Chemistry Works, K. W. Kolansinski; Calculus Essentials for Dummies; Linear Algebra for Dummies (all available in Maruzen Ebook Library of Hiroshima University) 
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Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Lesson 1: Read Section 1.1 in the textbook.
Lesson 2: Read Sections 1.2~1.4 in the textbook.
Lesson 3: Read Sections 1.5~1.8 in the textbook.
Lesson 4: Read Sections 1.9~1.11 in the textbook.
Lesson 5: Read Sections 2.1~2.3 in the textbook.
Lesson 6: Read Sections 2.4~2.8 in the textbook.
Lesson 7: Read Sections 2.10 and 2.11 in the textbook. 
Requirements It is highly recommended that you take both Physical Chemistry of Materials and Environmental Applications I and Physical Chemistry of Materials and Environmental Applications II.  
Pre-Rrequisites: proficiency in high-school mathematics
Some knowledge of calculus will be used in the class.  
Grading Method Your grade will be based on the home work assignments (20%), activity in class meetings (20%), and the final exam (60%). 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message Regular attendance is necessary to achieve a satisfactory grade. Roll call will be taken at each class meeting.
Do not hesitate to ask questions during classes. 
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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