Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School School of Science
Lecture Code HG280000 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 物理化学IIA
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Physical Chemistry IIA
コウグチ ヒロシ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  Second Semester,  3Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (3T) Weds9-10,Thur9-10:SCI E104
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Writing on blackboard 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 2 : Undergraduate Low-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 25 : Science and Technology
Course Area(Discipline) 07 : Chemistry
Eligible Students Department of Chemistry, School of Science
Keywords Boltzmann Distribution, Partition Function, Reaction Rate, Elementary Reaction 
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Understanding of the basis of statistical thermodynamics for connecting the class Physical Chemistry IA (thermodynamics of equilibria) to Physical Chemistry IB (quantum theory) open in the 3rd semester. Understanding of the basis of chemical kinetics. 
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・To thoroughly understand and learn knowledge of physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry.
・Understanding and acquiring logical frameworks and structure of basic studying and knowledge and skills necessary for learning construction. 
Class Objectives
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The 1st half: Lecture on statistical thermodynamics connecting the quantum theory (microscopic) and classical theory (macroscopic). Derivation of the macroscopic thermodynamic properties from the quantum energy structures of molecules.
The 2nd half: Lecture on the quantitative evaluation and measurement of the rates of various reactions and the temperature dependence of reaction rates. 
Class Schedule lesson1: Configuration and weight, Principle of equal a priori probabilities
lesson2: Boltzmann distribution
lesson3: Molecular partition function, Translational partition function
lesson4: Rotational partition function, Rotational temperature
lesson5: Vibrational partition function, Vibrational temperature
lesson6: Internal energy and molecular partition function
lesson7: Canonical partition function,Localized and delocalized system, independent and non-independent system
lesson8: Entropy and molecular partition function, Sackur-Tetrode equation
lesson9: Representation of thermodynamic functions with partition functions
lesson10: Representation of equilibrium constant with partition function
lesson11: Reaction rate, Rate equation, Rate coefficient, Order of reaction, Elementary reaction
lesson12: 1st-order reaction, 2nd-order reaction, Half-life, Pseudofirst-order Reaction
lesson13: Arrhenius equation, Transition state
lesson14: Consecutive reaction, Steady-state approximation, Rate-determining Step
lesson15: Reversible reaction, Relaxation time

Take a final exam.  No intermediate exam or makeup exam. 
Textbook: Japanese version of P. Atkins and J. de Paula, Physical Chemistry, 8th ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2006. アトキンス「物理化学(下)」第10版(東京化学同人) ISBN:978-4-8079-0909-4 (Jpn.) 
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lesson1: Chap. 15, pp.649-650
lesson2: Chap. 15, pp.651-653
lesson3: Chap. 15, pp.656-660
lesson4: Chap. 15, pp.660-664
lesson5: Chap. 15, pp.665
lesson6: Chap. 15, pp.668-671
lesson7: Chap. 15, pp.674-677
lesson8: Chap. 15, pp.680-686
lesson9: Chap. 15, pp.689-690
lesson10: Chap. 15, pp.691-694
lesson11: Chap. 20, pp.878-882
lesson12: Chap. 20, pp.885-888
lesson13: Chap. 20, pp.895-898
lesson14: Chap. 20, pp.900-904
lesson15: Chap. 20, pp.891-894 
Grading Method Grade is evaluated on the basis of the final exam (90 %) and papers (10 %). 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message Statistical Thermodynamics, which connects miscoscopic and macroscopic, is important for understanding observed phenomena based on the theory on atoms and molecules. Chemical kinetics also is important in any field of chemistry. 
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